A frustrated Draymond Green addressed the media on Monday after returning on the court for the first time since January 6 (minus that one game where he suited up and subbed himself out seconds into the game just for Klay Thompson's return).
Green, who was sidelined due to a back injury, had an impressive night putting up six points, six assists, seven rebounds, and was a team-high +24 in just 20 minutes for the Warriors.
However, Green's fantastic performance was the last thing he wanted to talk about post-game on Monday night. Instead, the three-time champion ranted about reporters manipulating the truth.
"I'm not gonna give much in this interview, I'm just gonna let y'all know that now. As someone who now works on y'all's side of things, I understand the job and I'm all for the job which is why I will give quotes tonight and expand on my answers. I made myself available because I understand how this thing works. We play, you write, speak, and it grows the game. Due to that, we are all one," Green said.
Integrity is important. It's very important and when you assume sh*t and you try to put things out there to cause controversy and make other people look bad it's ridiculous. We have children, we have family, I have a mother, I have a father, I have grandparents. So when you try to give your story an extra boost remember we work together and it's not always like that.
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The investigation continues
Who was Green perhaps subtly referring to? And what was the article that ticked him off?
As always, the people on NBA Twitter, specifically Warriors fans, put on their investigation cap to find out which corresponding reporter Green was referring to. It turns out many have the belief that it was The Atheltic's Warriors beat writer, Anthony Slater, who wrote a story about Green's disappointing attitude and mentality while rehabbing from injury.
In his article, Slater pointed out that Green was often unwilling to join the team even when the Warriors requested their forward to do so. The report also stated that Green took the time to celebrate his birthday in Los Angeles the night before instead of watching his team from the bench when the Warriors played the Lakers on March 5.
Whether Slater's words were true or not has yet to be confirmed, but if there's one thing for sure, it's that Green wasn't happy about this.
Green acknowledges his trainer instead.
After his loud and long angry rant, Green thanked Golden State Warriors' director of sports medicine, Rick Celebrini, who was with him throughout his 11-week rehab.
Green said Celebrini is 90% the reason he's healthy right now as the trainer encouraged him when the forward wanted to give up.
"I'm very thankful for Rick because he's incredible. The relationship that we built is one that will last for the rest of my life," Green said.
Green also said that 11 weeks ago, he could barely walk and lift his toes. He couldn't dunk a basketball just two weeks ago as his back injury was that significant. Thankfully, Green is back healthy and strong now thanks to the expertise of Celebrini — the only person Green wanted to praise and address at a frustrating time.