Draymond Green’s mom takes to Twitter to criticize Warriors
The Golden State Warriors are without question one of the favorites to compete for an NBA title this season. Adding Kevin Durant to an already lethal lineup will do that. But the new-look Warriors were humbled on their home court on opening night courtesy of a 129-100 shellacking at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs.
And while there likely already are whispers coming from the dark corners of social media prematurely — and foolishly — bemoaning the Durant Experiment will only yield troubles with chemistry and an unsuccessful season, one tweet to emerge from the noise comes from an interesting person:
Draymond Green’s mother.
Mary Babers-Green took to Twitter to bemoan how the Warriors coaching staff removed her son from the court at certain points during the game.
Taking Dray out of the plays is not going to get us wins..I SAID IT & Dont care what y'all think about it! #NOENERGY #ITSFLAT #ITSBROKE
— DrayMom (@BabersGreen) October 26, 2016
Babers-Green later retweeted a factoid courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info to reinforce her point.
Warriors: +5 point margin when all 4 of their "Big 4" were on the court at the same time. -34 when 1 of the 4 was off the court
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 26, 2016
Despite Babers-Green’s complaints, Green did finish 18 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals in 33 minutes on the court. It will take time for Steve Kerr and company to figure out the rotations that work best while integrating Durant into the lineup. Although it warrants noting it’s hardly surprising that Green’s mother would have an opinion favoring her own son.
What should trouble the Warriors most is how they allowed the Spurs to put up a 129-spot on them. Golden State did have to sacrifice some bench depth to make room for Durant, but in the end, it was one game. An ugly one, sure, but anyone already calling Durant a failed experiment obviously is getting way ahead of things.
Regarding Green specifically, though, there have been whispers heading into the season that he served as a disruptive influence in the locker room and on the practice court. While the source who reportedly made the allegations denied making them, one anonymous NBA team executive believes potential chemistry issues could cause the Warriors to struggle, at least to some extent.
But, as noted, it’s far, far too early to make any assertions about anything, obviously.