NBA champion Rasheed Wallace attributes Draymond Green’s assertive behavior to their playing style during the 2004 Detroit Pistons era. Green, known for various incidents including a recent suspension for an altercation with Rudy Gobert, has exhibited a tough and aggressive approach reminiscent of Wallace’s time with the Pistons. Wallace, who holds the record for most ejections in NBA history, suggests that Green’s assertiveness and “bully mentality” may have been influenced by the Pistons’ playing style during that period.
Rasheed Wallace points out that Draymond Green was immersed in the Detroit Pistons’ locker room culture during his time around the team. Being a close friend to the son of the Pistons’ GM, Green was exposed to the team dynamics, including the unfiltered language and interactions behind the scenes. Wallace suggests that this exposure influenced Green’s current assertive and “bully” style of play, attributing it to the environment he experienced within the Pistons’ locker room.
Draymond Green, in his first public comments since the incident with Rudy Gobert, expressed no regrets about putting him in a headlock. The perceived lack of responsibility for negative actions is highlighted as an issue with Green, as he doesn’t seem to acknowledge or regret his actions. This stance contributes to the ongoing scrutiny surrounding Green’s behavior on and off the court.
Draymond Green, addressing the incident with Rudy Gobert, emphasized that he doesn’t live with regrets and prioritizes coming to the defense of his teammates. Despite his stance, there are reports suggesting internal considerations within the Warriors organization.
While the team is expected to support Green, some sources indicate that the Warriors may have lost leverage in disciplining him due to previous instances where accountability wasn’t enforced, such as Green’s altercation with Jordan Poole last season. The team currently holds a 9-11 record, with Green averaging 10.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.3 assists in the season.