Warriors’ Draymond Green and ESPN’s Kendrick Perkins engage in a verbal battle

It doesn’t take much to motivate Draymond Green and it seems like Kendrick Perkins has lit the fuse.

After his best performance of the postseason, a feat with 14 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists in the Warriors’ win over the Grizzlies on Friday night, Green lashed out at the ESPN NBA analyst who had criticized him.

“Something came on my phone earlier,” Green told reporters. “A guy says I’m scared to shoot the basketball. Fear and I in the same sentence is brutal. But you have a big ogre on TV talking about what Draymond says is not the gospel. It’s the gospel. What I’m saying is the gospel. If you say that multiple times in different segments, you must think what I’m saying is the gospel. So sometimes you gotta come out and shut up some guys. When you get people talking off their necks. “Anyone can make the pass that Draymond makes.” That’s just stupid.

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“But these are people who are hired to talk about our game on TV. “Anyone could make this pass.” You can do it. We’d like to see it. By the way, I played against the guy. I’m talking about Kendrick Perkins for those of you who don’t know. I never hide from the smoke. As the Memphis Grizzlies towels say, I don’t cower from smoke. “Anyone could make this pass.” You couldn’t, so good luck. Sometimes you just have to come out and shut people up. It was a lot of fun.”

On Friday morning’s “First Take,” Perkins criticized Green for shying away from making big recordings.

“In fact, can anyone tell Draymond Green that it’s okay to look at the basket and actually take a shot?” Perkins said. “I mean because he’s scared. I mean, I’m sitting up here and I see all the fluctuations. He doesn’t even look at the basket.

“He’s scared of taking the shot now. Some of those assists that he gives to Steph Curry, Jordan Poole and Klay Thompson, I could go out there and get those same assists. They open wide. Is nothing but a passport. So don’t let Draymond Green sit up here and fool you like whatever comes out of his mouth is the gospel.”

Maybe it worked. After firing just 17 shots in the first five games of the series, Green attempted 14 on Friday and made six of them.

Perkins posted a video response to Green and hit back while giving him credit for his performance.

“Hey Draymond, ‘ogre’? what do you call me Hey, listen, you’re not handsome. You sure as hell aren’t cute,” Perkins said. “Man I had a dime on my side my wife was by my side since 10th grade in front of the NBA logo before Jerry West was on my side I had my you know what I’m saying ?

“It’s neither here nor there, but at the end of the day, man, look, I’m not one of those other cast members, I’ll say what I want to say. And at the end of the day, man, like I said, you weren’t aggressive like old Draymond. Yes, you died jogging that night, but since you think I’ll be quiet or make it up to you, look, you got the wrong one. I won’t shut up for anyone. Man, look, I didn’t buy any of this. I didn’t buy any of it.” Warriors’ Draymond Green and ESPN’s Kendrick Perkins engage in a verbal battle


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