Who knows what led Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside to tweet this. Maybe he’s just sick of big men being marginalized in today’s stretch-the-floor, avoid-the-post NBA.
— Hassan Whiteside (@youngwhiteside) August 26, 2015
Don Nelson would NOT approve. Neither does Draymond Green, who’s become one of the league’s great agitators both on and off the court. That’s why everyone assumes he was targeting (subtweeting) Whiteside with this:
Can you score doe? 👀👀👀 Bigs becoming dinosaurs 😳😳😳😳😳 — Draymond Green (@Money23Green) August 26, 2015
Being the trash-talker that he is, Green gets a lot of replies on Twitter (the modern utopia for those who live to correct others). He doesn’t respond to many, but this one caught his eye.
— phins up (@dimambro26) August 26, 2015
@dimambro26 1.48games 2. I’m not a scorer clown
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) August 26, 2015
That wasn’t all, either. Green also posted the photo below on Instagram. Once again, everyone paying attention assumed it was Whiteside-related.
😂😂😂😂😂😂😂💍💍💍💍 A photo posted by Draymond Green (@money23green) on
Whiteside is one of the more athletic centers in the league, so he can probably hold his own against small ball lineups better than most traditional post players. However, I’m not sure why teams insist upon questioning the Warriors’ achievements in the 2014-15 season and playoffs.
For example, Kyrie Irving said the Cavaliers would’ve won the Finals if he and Kevin Love were healthy. I asked Green about that after his contract extension press conference, and his answers were predictably entertaining.
Dray gonna be clowning cats all year long… Gonna be entertaining
— warriorsworld (@warriorsworld) August 26, 2015
Absolutely. I can’t wait to see Green against the Cavs, and not just to see him go against Irving. Green sprinkled a few new verses of E-40’s “Choices (Yup)” in an interview with CSN Bay Area on the day of the victory parade: “Klay Thompson, yup. Splash Brothers, yup. Cavaliers, NOPE. We won, yeah. They suck, yeah. We here, yup. They not, nope.”
And we can’t forget the Clippers. Green said this about them last season:
“They have a cocky arrogance, like they’ve won something, and they haven’t done nothing,” Green said. “They pretty much been to the same spot in the playoffs we’ve been to. But they have this cockiness like you’re supposed to bow down to them. They ain’t proved nothing. They ain’t earned nothing. What respect have you earned?”
The Clips don’t have Dahntay Jones anymore, but they traded for Lance Stephenson. Yeah, next season is going to be fun for the Warriors, who can’t get too complacent because they’ll need to back up everything Green has said (and will say).