OLD MAN HOT TAKES: Rick Barry Blames Media For Draymond’s Suspension
Let's be clear about this before we go any further: the Golden State Warriors do not need your pity. They do not need you to defend them. They do not need you to feel bad for them. Doing so is - and will continue to be - a disservice to them. They are a juggernaut that won 73 games this season on their way to their second NBA Finals appearance in a row.
Please think about that just a little bit longer so that you can really get the full effect.
The Warriors won more regular season games than any team in the history of the NBA, including Michael Jordan's incredible 90's Chicago Bulls. They absolutely steamrolled their way through the league. Then when they did finally look like they were outmatched in the Western Conference Finals after going down 3-1 to the Oklahoma City Thunder, they roared back with a vengeance.
By coming back to win that series they effectively cemented their reputation for being clutch, as well as proved that roster depth is still more important than anyone wants to admit. So armed with the best record of all-time, perhaps the greatest shooter of all-time and the much deeper roster, they have former NBA players and glorified homers whining on their behalf that Draymond Green's suspension isn't fair. The latest former player to join the parade of excuse-making is Rick Barry.
Barry, a Hall of Famer who played in Golden State for six years in the 70's, told CBS sports radio’s Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney that he believes it's the medias fault that the Warriors will be without their best defender tonight.
“The media caused this suspension because of all the stuff they made about the last time with (Steven) Adams,” Barry said. “Here’s the thing – and this is my biggest pet peeve with the NBA, and it’s been this way ever since I played - they allow what takes place on a basketball court in the playoffs to be something that you would get arrested (for) if you did it out on the street. It’s like hockey with no ice. It’s insane. The physical contact and the amount of physicality that’s allowed, it’s a joke. I can’t even stand watching it.
LeBron absolutely manhandled Draymond prior to that play,” Barry said, “and if the official had blown the whistle and stopped it, nothing would have happened. It’s just ridiculous. They just make so much out of this, but the officials are the ones to blame for stuff like this that happens because they let too much contact go. It’s just ridiculous.”
Well that's funny because Klay Thompson's dad and two-time NBA champion Mychal Thompson used the exact opposite argument when criticizing Lebron James earlier on Monday, claiming that the league is so soft now that King James would never have "survived" in the 80's.
So which is it? Is Lebron a crybaby who can't handle a little physicality and some trash talk, or is he a brute who uses his size and his sway with the referees to get away with being a bully? In trying to defend the same team, Thompson and Barry have effectively made the "poor Warriors are getting screwed" narrative a complete joke. Barry's attempt to blame the media for causing Green's suspension is laughable.
If people get whacked in the balls in the NBA playoffs, there are going to be a thousand media hot takes. That's the way it's always been. The league doesn't need huffing and puffing from reporters and television shows to fix an NBA Finals.
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