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"Man, things have changed" -- James Worthy uses Draymond Green's ejection to label the game as soft

While everyone else is discussing whether Draymond Green should've been ejected for his foul on Grizzlies' Brandon Clarke in Game 1, former Laker James Worthy used the incident to start a different discussion
James Worthy on Draymond Green's ejection in Game 1 against the Memphis Grizzlies

James Worthy reacts to Draymond Green's ejection vs. Grizzlies

“You actually committed two Flagrant 1 fouls,” Charles Barkley said to Draymond Green, referencing his ejection in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Memphis Grizzlies. 

“How? Where’s the first Flagrant 1?” Draymond responded. 

“When you hit him in the face!” Charles said. 

The rest of the Inside The NBA crew were in line with Barkley's comments. So were most NBA fans and people close to the game. Draymond might think he didn't deserve to get ejected. His teammates, as well as Steve Kerr, might agree with him. But for almost everyone else, the refs made the right call.

Then there's James Worthy.

"Man, things have changed"

Former Laker didn't take either side. In fact, he didn't even join the discussion. Instead of talking about whether Draymond deserved the ejection or not, Worthy used the incident to label the game as soft.

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Unlike most of the physical incidents in today's NBA, no other former NBA player said anything along the lines of Worthy's tweet. That includes the entire Inside the NBA panel. 

They labeled Draymond's actions as dangerous and unnecessary. And in today's game, that characterization fits the current set of rules.

Proof of today's NBA being soft?

According to NBA's rulebook, "If contact committed against a player, with or without the ball, is interpreted to be unnecessary and excessive, a flagrant foul—penalty (2) will be assessed. A personal foul is charged to the offender and a team foul is charged to the team."

Draymond himself said that the ejection was "more about reputation, more so than the hard foul." But according to Barkley, no one should get away with pulling a player's jersey and yanking him to the ground. Green, however, didn't see it that way.

“The law of gravity, if he tries to jump up this way and my hand is caught in his shirt this way [down], it’s automatically gonna come down the opposite way," Dray said. "But I didn’t yank his jersey and in order to get suspended, it has to be excessive. I didn’t do this, he’s just jumping and my hand is up. It’s all good, though.”

The league decided against reducing Green's flagrant 2, leaving him with two flagrant points, two shy of a one-game suspension. 

So everyone seems to agree that the refs made the right call. Does that make the game soft -- yes, according to Worthy. But no other "old head" is yet to take his side. 

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