The Golden State Warriors are a safe bet to be the epicenter of the NBA universe this season. The storylines are all there: Will they get back to the Finals? Can they match their historic season last year? How will Kevin Durant look as a part of the most recent superteam to grace the league?
Ethan Sherwood Strauss from ESPN stoked the fire under the presumed San Francisco Bay-area juggernaut with his recent piece on forward Draymond Green. He chronicled the volatile nature of depending on a player who plays with so much passion.
The former Michigan State Spartan is known for being vocal in his statements and his play on the court. The piece detailed that what we see during games is only half of his drive to become a great player and motivate his teammates to excel.
Needless to say, some fans and the organization might not be happy with the angle the writer decided to take on this matter. Sherwood-Strauss appeared on Zach Lowe’s podcast to defend his work and explain that he didn’t mean to criticize the player at all.
He told Lowe: “It seems like organizations have a firm understanding of what is behind the curtain and what they tell to us. A particular player approached me when it came out and said that ‘I knew some things that I shouldn’t [know]’.”
In a 24-hour media cycle, stories that involve a high-profile player will garner extreme reactions online. The 26-year-old All-Star is a key cog for the Dubs and his play serves as a bit of a rudder for that franchise. Fans have a right to know what is going on.
Inflammatory moments will always bring controversy along with them. Getting suspended for game five of this Finals is one of the most crucial moments of that series and Green will be working to erase that memory from the public consciousness all season.