Lakers’ Danny Green not apologizing for Game 5 miss vs. Heat
It’s been two weeks since the Los Angeles Lakers completed the job and emerged as the 2020 NBA champions, but shooting guard Danny Green still continues to be the butt of jokes for his subpar outing throughout the Finals series against the Miami Heat.
The now three-time champion is still getting flak for that wide-open 3-pointer he missed in the dying seconds of Game 5, which could have given Purple and Gold the title sooner. The unflattering topic once again was brought up for Green during an appearance The Ringer NBA Show. The 30-year-old 3-and-D specialist once again echoed his earlier sentiments about how emotions have just gotten the better of most of the naysayers who continue to mock him.
“You know human nature of fans, they’re just very emotional. They take the game very serious and they see us as performers and if we’re not performing the way we’re supposed to then we’re supposed to apologize for it,” Green said, as relayed by SB Nation’s Christian Rivas.
“No, I don’t owe you an apology. Whether I played shitty or not. You’re not my boss, coach, and I’m not gonna apologize for missing shots. I’ll apologize to my teammates for missed mistakes, missed assignments, if I mess up a play or defensively don’t make a rotation. But no, I don’t owe you anything.”
Judging by the usually calm Green’s strong statement, it seems he is already getting fed up from the unjust criticism thrown his way. The 6-foot-6 guard actually had a decent shooting year in his first outing in Tinseltown, notching 8.0 points on 41.6 percent shooting from the field and a 36.7 percent success rate from downtown.
However, some pundits feel that the Lakers should be getting more out of Green considering they gave him a hefty two-year, $30 million last offseason. But like Danny Green perfectly said, he doesn’t owe anyone an apology and won’t be dishing out one anytime soon.