Saturday, July 2, 2022

On Twitter, Warriors Green Likes To Take Some Offense

SAN FRANCISCO ( Associated Press) — Drummond Greene believes he is the NBA’s best at playing defense.

Except Twitter. There, he commits a crime.

This explains why, on Friday night between games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals, the Golden State forward opened up his Twitter page and the 1.7 million people who follow him know what he was thinking.

“I think…. Go gym Drummond you suck? I’ve been there already! How about go see the movie y’all took an l? Did it last night and today and see more later… Shut up!! ” He wrote, followed by four crying emojis.

The thing is, he wasn’t really answering to anyone. He didn’t quote-tweet anyone’s hot take or reply to anyone who directed a comment in his own way. Greene simply assumed the complaints were out after his clash and the Warriors lost Game 1 of the title series to the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.

“To be honest with you, I don’t really read my Twitter, so I was only saying what I know people would say,” Green said on Saturday. “I don’t really read people’s tweets. If I’m going to tweet, sometimes you can go on Twitter and see a few things, but I didn’t read anything. I just know how people are. I know what trolls do, and they say the same things.”

NBA Twitter is not a village, but closer to a metropolis these days. LeBron James himself has 51.4 million followers, the league account has 37.5 million, and the league has generated 5 billion views – this time 32% more than last year – through the first three playoff rounds of this season on his social media platforms. on the platform.

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And Greene is one of the few players—Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant is famously another—who will join those who complain about him, disagree with him, or just try to be a troll.

“This is the world we live in – clickbait headlines, which can get the most views, who can say the weirdest thing,” Green said. “That’s the world we live in. That’s what makes this game, though.”

Warriors guard Stephen Curry has about 10 times the amount of Twitter that Green has, though he uses his platform differently. Through Saturday, Curry’s only tweet in a nearly three-week period was a retweet of Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s emotional plea following a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, last month.

Curry acknowledged that there are some instances where criticism can be persuasive. But he also indicated that he did not run for comments after the defeat in search of fuel to motivate him for the next game.

“I never really get enough of it in terms of changing anything other than the expectations that I have for myself on the court, or the standards I set for myself in terms of how I should play,” Curry said. “At the end of the day, it’s about winning the basketball game. If we go out there and do it on Sunday, I’m sure whatever noise it makes will be a little more conducive to us.”

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Green doesn’t just use Twitter to voice his thoughts. He is a podcaster and signed a deal earlier this year to become an analyst for Turner Sports, while still being an active player.

Here’s a little secret: Green can often disagree with trolls, or they can disagree with what they’re imagining, but they don’t mind making noise out there. Deep down, he sees it as a compliment.

“There will always be noise, but when you are great there will only be noise,” Green said. “There’s only noise when someone wants to hear that noise. Nobody’s talking about some of these teams at home that didn’t make the playoffs. There’s no noise. Nobody cares.”

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