Draymond Green, please take this with all the love in the world. Know that your fans could not be happier to have you. We would not trade you for anything or anyone in the league or the world. The emotion, the intensity, the ferocity, the passion, your strength, and sheer will that you impose on your opponents is something that we all love more than anything. We feel so thankful and grateful that you are a Warrior and landed on our team, and have become the player that you are. We are so incredibly lucky in so many different ways to have you playing in Oakland wearing the Golden State jersey. That being said…….
We beg of you to please learn to at least control your emotions, or at least, like the Hulk, learn to aim it, and use it for good rather than allowing it to cause destruction. Too many times you allow it to cause you to make far too many dumb (sorry) decisions. Stupid (sorry) fouls. Common fouls, and technical fouls that leave us in awe, that leave us angry, but angry in a way that you would be at your child, with all the love in the world. Things like dumb shooting fouls. Fouls on shots that had very little chance of going in. Fouls that are so obviously bad that there are no other words to describe it other than a dumb stupid foul. Fouls in direct view of the official that are nothing more than gifts for your opponents. A technical foul is good every now and again to get your team rallied, and angry behind you playing with passion.
For a while, it seemed like that was the goal, but now they are so frequent and detrimental to the team’s goal that they are becoming a frustrating nuisance. Not just because of the point and possession that it costs the team, but it also inches us closer and closer to losing you for a full game at a crucial time. There is no doubt that these playoffs have been very rough, officiating-wise, with every game so far being extremely lopsided and unfair in favor of your opponents, but this just makes officials give out the technical foul much faster, especially considering you are creating a reputation as someone who gets them. This allows officials to keep you on a much shorter leash and can deal them out to you without anyone batting an eye or second guessing its validity. Your flailing outbursts after a missed call helps no one except your opponent.
Lastly, we need you to play smarter. To not let your emotions of anger and frustration translate into poor play and bad decision making during game time. Sloppy, lazy, and ill-mannered passes are hurting big time. Your team is not getting the same calls the other teams get. You are definitely not getting the same calls your opponents get, but your outbursts and tantrums actually hurts your attempt to prove that, not help it. As you develop this reputation, as an angry player who regularly acquires a technical, it brings less validity to the complaints of lopsided officiating. Combined with the occurrence of your frustration translating into poor play it becomes a recipe for disaster. If you want to get into opponent’s heads, that’s great, but it is becoming clear that you are just as susceptible to having your game thrown off by frustration as anyone, if not more so. Take smart shots, finish around the rim, make good, strong, nice passes with authority, stop committing stupid fouls that help your opponents immensely like the foul on Westbrook at the half of game 3, and stop exploding at referees immediately after a missed call and continuing to chase them down and cuss them out. You are generating the persona of another crybaby, and I hate hearing that from people.
All in all, we love you Draymond, we feel like the luckiest team in the league to have had you fall into our laps, and to have watched you grow, from your rookie year sitting on the bench, into the player you have become now, the BEST defensive player in basketball who can do literally everything. Guard every position, take it to the hole, shoot the three, and play with a, seemingly unparalleled, sense of confidence, passion, and will power are all things that make us love watching you play just as much as the Splash Brothers.
Just please, play smarter basketball, and step up, we need you.