Draymond Green on Treatment from Refs: 'I Don't Know What to Do at This Point'

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2018

OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 06:  Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts to the officiating during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at ORACLE Arena on February 6, 2018 in Oakland, California. Green was called for two technical fouls and ejected from the game. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The tension between Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green and NBA referees doesn't seem likely to die down anytime soon. 

Speaking to reporters following the Warriors' 121-103 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night, Green doubled down on his displeasure with how he's been officiated this season. 

"Yeah, I don't know what to do at this point," Green said after picking up his 14th technical foul—most in the league—according to ESPN.com's Chris Haynes. "It really don't matter what I agree with. I don't have no power in this situation. Yeah, I don't know what to do at this point. It is what it is."

Green's 14 technical fouls are three more than any other playerDwight Howard, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant all have 11—and his three ejections rank second behind Durant. 

The most recent ejection came Tuesday, when Green was tossed from the Warriors' 125-105 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder for lobbing the ball toward an official after already picking up a technical foul earlier in the contest. 

Green's rough week continued Thursday, when the NBA announced he had been fined $50,000 "for directing inappropriate and offensive language toward a game official" in the second quarter of Tuesday's Western Conference showdown.  

Green was also fined $25,000 in January for publicly criticizing officials after he told The Athletic the NBA could "get a new crop (of referees), a whole new crop."

Clashes between players and referees have been amplified throughout the 2017-18 campaign, and the league has noticed. 

Last month, the NBA revealed a "five-pronged initiative" to improve relations between the two parties, according to USA Today's Sam Amick

Players and referees are also scheduled to meet during All-Star Weekend in an attempt to find some common ground. 

"We thought it was just important to take a renewed emphasis on respect and relationshipsrespect for the game and respect for each other," president of league operations Byron Spruell told Amick. 


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