Warriors' Draymond Green on NBA Analysis: 'Most People Don't Know the Game'

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 15, 2020

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) against the Minnesota Timberwolves during an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Draymond Green is using his downtime to offer Twitter analysis on NBA games, but the Golden State Warriors star doesn't seem to be a fan of how people discuss the sport. 

In a series of tweets posted Saturday, Green explained why he believes "most people don't know the game" they're discussing:

Draymond Green @Money23Green

I think it’s pretty funny that everyone thinks they know the game of basketball and in particular NBA basketball. They happen to be two completely different things. Most people don’t know the game including some that write about it as well as some that talk about it for a living

Draymond Green @Money23Green

A couple days ago I tweeted about Gary Trent Jr making a game winning play. A day later I saw a couple articles detailing my tweet and attaching a video of a 3 pointer that he made, as if that was the game-winning play....

Draymond Green @Money23Green

The GWP I was referencing was the V back on the big once the guard got downhill and he had no way to recover. He then cracked back to the big and came up with the steal. Score 132-130 with under 2 minutes to go. That’s the play most people don’t see. Any1 can see the shot go in.

Draymond Green @Money23Green

If we are going to speak on this game, let’s make sure we are teaching the game. It’s a beautiful thing when handled correctly. Session over.

Known for his cerebral play on the court, Green has taken a liking to offering that type of analysis since the NBA season resumed July 30. The three-time All-Star received a $50,000 fine from the league for tampering when he offered a frank assessment of Devin Booker as a guest on TNT's Inside the NBA:

"It's great to see Book playing well and Phoenix playing well, but get my man out of Phoenix. It's not good for him. It's not good for his career. Sorry Chuck (Barkley), but they've got to get Book out of Phoenix. I need my man to go somewhere that he can play great basketball all of the time and win because he's that kind of player."

Even after Ernie Johnson asked if he was tampering, Green didn't back down from his stance. 

If nothing else, Green's ability to offer strong opinions and talk about the game with insight in a way that's easy to understand indicates he will have no problem transitioning to an analyst role after his playing career ends.