Kerr Responds To Stephen A. Smith’s Account Of Draymond Green’s Tantrum [Updates]
The Golden State Warriors nearly lost their sixth game of the season Saturday night. Of course, they ended up winning in overtime thanks to Steph Curry's ability to make any shot he wants to, but things were touch and go there for a few quarters. The chief explanation as to why Golden State couldn't dominate the Oklahoma City Thunder the way they had earlier in the month was the abysmal offensive performance of Draymond Green. Despite finishing with a double-double, Dray didn't score a single point in 40 minutes.
This was his shot chart...
Yikes. Needless to say, Green was frustrated with his shooting, which reportedly prompted a halftime locker room outburst that was vaguely described on the air during the game. But no one knew exactly what set him off -- or what exactly was said -- until Stephen A. Smith detailed the whole thing on "First Take" Monday morning.
"Well, i can tell you what i heard because i was on the phone immediately after i had heard about all of that and specifically after the game on saturday night, and i was told that steve kerr was showing film to the team. he showed some clip or footage or whatever and it was involving a mistake draymond green may have made and Draymond Green went off. there were f-bombs, there were MF-bombs. steve kerr did not back down. at one point he told him to sit down and draymond green said, 'MF, come make me.' players had to intervene, andre iguodala and steph curry. 'i'm not a robot. you don't want me to shoot, just tell me,' all the stuff draymond green was screaming in the direction of steve kerr. he got so frustrated he said to hell with it i'm not coming out for the second half. took off his shoes and said, 'i'm not playing.' When that happened, Klay Thompson and others intervened and said, 'you are bigger than this,' and dray got his head together and came out and competed like the warrior we know him to be."
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr didn't exactly repudiate Smith's account of the incident, but he didn't confirm it, either. Kerr basically did what everyone else does when Stephen A. Smith starts dishing secrets on national television: he questioned whether Stephen A. Smith was pulling the story out of his ass.
Kerr, asked about Stephen A. Smith's detailed blow-by-blow of Draymond Green's halftime outburst, said he didn't notice Stephen A. in room.
— Carl Steward (@stewardsfolly) February 29, 2016
You can watch the full clip from "First Take," below...
- Green has apologized.
"As a leader of this team, I can't do that." Draymond Green has apologized for his tirade. https://t.co/cYO3JioHNl
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) February 29, 2016
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