Draymond Green claps back at Richard Jefferson, others who questioned his leadership
Draymond Green helped the Golden State Warriors bust out of a winless start to the 2019-20 season with a win over the New Orleans Pelicans, trotting out a 16-point, 17-rebound, 10-assists triple-double on Monday. The dynamic forward also used the opportunity to double down on his previous comments about his team and throw a quick hook at Richard Jefferson and other former players that questioned his leadership.
Green’s comments after a 28-point loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder reverberated through the entire NBA, as he factually stated “we f***ing suck” as the Warriors started the season 0-2.
Jefferson was quick to take to Twitter and hand out lesson in leadership for the three-time champion, which didn’t go over too well with Green.
— Richard Jefferson (@Rjeff24) October 27, 2019
On Monday night, Green made sure to address those like Jefferson, Kendrick Perkins, Jay Williams and other former players-turned-analysts that now want to have a say as how he should inspire his team.
“Just because we won one game doesn’t mean we don’t suck right now,” Green said after a 134-123 win over the Pelicans. according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “We still have a lot of improvement to do. When I said we sucked last night, a lot of people blew it out of proportion. Lotta former players who ain’t ever led sh*t blew it out of proportion. We sucked. We’re still not very good. But I’ve actually known how to lead my entire life. Those that have never led shouldn’t probably talk about leading.”
Jefferson, Perkins, and Williams fall under that description, all role players and all three of them had something to say about Green’s leadership style.
Green isn’t speaking out of place here. A win over a Pelicans team without Jrue Holiday, Derrick Favors, and Zion Williamson isn’t much to celebrate — but rather a good stone in place to give the Warriors a boost of confidence after getting smacked around to start the season.