During the Thunder and Warriors’ epic overtime game in late February, ESPN reported that Draymond Green unleashed a profanity-laced tirade in the locker room during halftime.
Green apologized for what happened shortly after, but thanks to Lee Jenkins’ profile of Green in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated, more details have been revealed about what happened during Green’s rant.
It turns out Green was having a heated back and forth with coach Steve Kerr.
Sometimes Kerr is the object of his ire, as occurred at Oklahoma City in February, when the coach singled out Green during a halftime film session. They had to be restrained from each other in the locker room. As the Warriors took the floor for the second half, trailing by 11, Walton begged Green to apologize, for fear Kerr would bench him. “I’ll do that later,” Green said. “This whole team is about to follow my passion, my anger.”
The Warriors were trailing the Thunder by nine with less than four minutes to go in that game, and won in OT thanks to an incredible shot by Stephen Curry. Kerr told Jenkins that Green’s passion is needed on the team.
“We’re not a crazy group, and you need a little crazy,” Kerr says. “The Bulls needed Dennis Rodman. The Spurs needed Stephen Jackson. I have a potty mouth, so when Draymond and I go back and forth, there’s some ‘Hey, f--- you. No, f--- you.’ The other guys are like, ‘Oh, s---.’ But that conflict—between Draymond and me, Draymond and the opponent, Draymond and the ref, Draymond and the world—gives us our edge.”
Green and Kerr certainly reconciled soon after the argument, with both helping the Warriors set the NBA record for wins a regular season with 73.