Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green has never been one to bite his tongue. He calls it how he sees it, and that’s one of the things that has endeared him to fans over the years. It has also earned him some push back from the likes of Kevin Durant.
This week, Green reminded everyone why he’s known as such a brutally honest guy when he quietly called out an out of shape star for his poor conditioning to start the year.
“I won’t throw anybody under the bus, but I’m talking about one superstar particularly who I’ve never seen him out of shape,” he said.
“He’s so out of shape right now. It’s not Luka (Doncic) or James Harden but I’ve never seen this guy out of shape and actually when we played, he was like ‘man, the bubble’ like sh*t’s been hard and I completely understand that.
“It’s brutal. This season has been extremely tough. An NBA day normally is like maybe four to six hours; every day right now is like 10 to 12 hours.”
Because Green didn’t actually name who he was talking about, NBA Reddit was left to guess.
The most popular guess? Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers.
So far this year Davis is averaging 21.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. The latter is his lowest number since his rookie campaign, and the former is his fewest points scored per outing since 2013-14.
Ironically enough, Green’s terrible conditioning has also been the subject of much debate this year.
Now we know what motivates Gronk to play so hard. https://t.co/xFnKnjoXQ4
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 24, 2021
So far the Lakers are 17-6 this season and sit in second place in the Western Conference behind the Utah Jazz.
Even with Davis not playing up to the level everyone has come to expect from him, LeBron James is in the midst of an MVP-caliber season – hence the minimal overall decline by LA.
Given how well the Lakers are playing, if Davis can get back to being even remotely the player he was at the end of last season, the defending champs will be scary come playoff time.