After the Warriors eliminated the Grizzlies and advanced to their sixth Western Conference finals in eight years, Draymond Green had something to say about Kendrick Perkins and what he said about him.
“Something came to my phone earlier,” Green said to reporters. “Some guy saying I’m scared to shoot the basketball. Scared and me in the same sentence is brutal. But you got a big ogre on TV talking about what Draymond says ain’t the gospel. It is the gospel. What I say is the gospel. When you say that multiple times on several different segments, you must think what I say is the gospel. So, you got to come out and shut some guys up sometimes. When you got people talking out the side of their neck. ‘Anybody can make the pass Draymond make.’ That’s just stupid.
“But these are people who get employed to talk on TV about our game. ‘Anybody could make that pass.’ You make that pass. We’d love to see it. I played against the guy by the way. I’m talking about Kendrick Perkins for those of y’all that don’t know. I’m never duckin’ no smoke. As the Memphis Grizzlies’ towels say, I don’t duck smoke. ‘Anybody could make that pass.’ You couldn’t, so good luck. You just got to come out and shut people up sometimes. It was very fun to do.”
Shortly after Green’s comments were relayed to the public via Twitter, Perkins posted a video response and sounded like he was ready to go to war.
“Hey Draymond, let me let you in on a little something, man, all that ogre, whatever you say I look like, man, you ain’t cute. You ain’t handsome, man, you better thank that NBA logo, you better thank Jerry West. I’ve been with my wife since the 10th grade, dime piece before the NBA stuff, so don’t get it all twisted…
“Hey man, look, I can say whatever the fuck I want to say when I want to say it, and I’m going to say it. I said that you weren’t looking to be aggressive, that you weren’t the Draymond of old, yeah you came out there and handled your business tonight, but thinking that I’m going to shut up…you can miss me with all that…I live boxing, I live wrestling all damn day straight up, I don’t give a damn about all that shit you talking about, you crazy as hell if you think you’re going to shut me up.”
Draymond later responded by posting an Instagram story directed at Perkins.
In the first five games of the series, Green took a combined 17 shots. However, on Friday night, Green was in a shooting mood as he went 6-of-14 from the field, finishing with 14 points, while also grabbing 15 rebounds.