Draymond Green: Postgame run-in with Drake not a ‘scuffle’
Draymond Green and Drake had a run-in following the Toronto Raptors’ 118-109 victory in Game 1 of NBA Finals, but the Golden State Warriors star downplayed the incident during a postgame presser.
Drake continued his efforts at being a disruptive thorn in the side of teams visiting Scotiabank Arena on Thursday night, and his antics culminated with a postgame confrontation during which the Raptors’ “global ambassador” referred to Green as “trash.”
Drake had some words for Draymond after the Raptors' Game 1 #NBAFinals win pic.twitter.com/d0NCKKFFHE— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 31, 2019
Green did not have much interest in discussing the incident during his postgame presser, and took particular issue with how the face-to-face verbal confrontation was being characterized as a “scuffle.”
Dray ain't sweating Drizzy pic.twitter.com/oOG1qZxAOb— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 31, 2019
“You got a question about basketball?” Green said. “It wasn’t really a scuffle because I didn’t hit him and he didn’t hit me or I didn’t push him or he didn’t push me. We talked. We barked a little bit, but I wouldn’t necessarily consider that a scuffle. Not personally what I would consider a scuffle.”
Drake’s conduct throughout the playoffs has become a major storyline throughout the Raptors’ run to the Finals, so much so that NBA commissioner Adam Silver was compelled to initiate a meeting with the musician ahead of Game 1.
“The league office had conversations directly with Drake and his manager, and I think we ended up in a good place,” Silver said ahead of Game 1, via ESPN.
It certainly seems like the conversations had little impact on how Drake approached Game 1, as there were several instances that indicate he paid little mind to whatever Silver had to say.
Meanwhile, Green — who incidentally is friends with Drake — handled things correctly by downplaying their postgame exchange. To up the ante in any respect would only motivate Drake to raise the stakes himself with his antics.