Golden State Warriors big man Draymond Green wasn't happy with the double standards he claims he sees in the NBA. On Monday, the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-98, who decided to sit out their center Andre Drummond until they find a trade partner.
"I would like to talk about something that's really bothering me," Green said after the Warriors' 129-98 win. "And it's the treatment of players in this league. To watch Andre Drummond, before the game, sit on the sidelines, then go to the back, and to come out in street clothes because a team is going to trade him, it's bulls---."
James Harden requested a trade from the Houston Rockets in the offseason but he wasn't traded until January. "Because when James Harden asked for a trade, and essentially dogged it, no one's going to fight back that James was dogging it his last days in Houston, but he was castrated for wanting to go to a different team.
Everybody destroyed that man. And yet a team can come out and say, 'Oh, we want to trade a guy,' and then that guy has to go sit, and if he doesn't stay professional, then he's a cancer. And he's not good in someone's locker room, and he's the issue,'' Green continued.
Green calls for more respect toward players.
"And we're seeing situations of Harrison Barnes getting pulled off the bench," Green said. "Or DeMarcus Cousins finding out he's traded in an interview after the All-Star Game, and we continue to let this happen.
But I got fined for stating my opinion on what I thought should happen with another player, but teams can come out and continue to say, 'Oh, we're trading guys, we're not playing you.' And yet we're to stay professional."
Green, who arrived to the leageu in 2012, has spent his entire career with the Warriors. "At some point, as players, we need to be treated with the same respect," Green said. "And have the same rights that the team can have.
Because as a player, you're the worst person in the world when you want a different situation. But a team can say they're trading you. And that man is to stay in shape, he is to stay professional. And if not, his career is on the line. At some point, this league has to protect the players from embarrassment like that."