Draymond Green refuses to change despite mounting technicals
Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green vowed not to change in the face of technical fouls piling up early on in the 2016-17 NBA season.
“If I get the tech, so be it,” Green said to reporters Tuesday, via ESPN. “Continue to be me.”
Green, who received his seventh technical — most by a Warriors player — during Sunday’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, expressed frustration over the mounting technicals. And yet, he made it clear there is no desire to change his approach to limit them.
“Change my approach from what?” Green said. “I don’t know what other approach to take than walking toward the bench. Like, there’s no other approach to take than that. I’m going to continue to be the only person I know how to be. And that’s me. There’s a lot of guys who get home at night and they’re exhausted from acting all day.
“I only know how to be Draymond. That’s who I’ve been my entire life, that’s who I’ll continue to be. I won’t be exhausted from acting when I get home. That ain’t going to work for me. I won’t change my approach for anything. There’s no point.”
Green argued the technical fouls called upon him stem from inconsistency.
“I don’t really have any answers for you,” Green said. “Seems like stuff changes on the daily. I don’t know. I can’t judge it. You judge it one way and you think you got an understanding. Then the understanding you thought you had goes completely a different way the next time. Maybe they’ll figure it out one day. It’s not up to me.”
Green’s latest technical came when he reacted negatively to foul call, but he didn’t confront an official during his outburst, saying, “I don’t really talk to them (referees) much anymore.”
Whatever the reasons behind Green’s rash of technicals this season, it’s worth noting that 16 technicals result in a one-game suspension. Every two afterward amount to another game out.
It makes sense for Green to refuse to change, though, especially considering what he had to say about himself earlier this season.