Draymond Green is the type of guy who takes pride in his work. As a professional basketball player, he has this reputation for being one of the toughest in the league, and even earned himself a Defensive Player of the Year award. So, it may come as no surprise that Draymond isn’t happy with fellow basketball player Kendrick Perkins for his actions at the gold medal game of the Olympics.
In case you missed it, the U.S. Men’s Basketball Team beat Serbia’s squad in Beijing. We should be so lucky in the NBA Finals to have a player that can dominate the game as much as Green did in the Olympics. He is the reason the U.S. beat Serbia by 30 points in the Finals. He blocked four shots, had 17 rebounds and blocked three shots in the gold medal game against Spain. He outplayed and outcoached some of the best basketball players in the world.
After Team USA men’s basketball won the gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, including Kendrick Perkins, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green immediately called out the naysayers.
Green usually thrives on the skepticism and banter. After being selected in the second round, he became an All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year, and his trash talk is as well-known as that of any other NBA player.
After Team USA won gold, the Warriors star enjoyed the chance to play Big Perk.
Earlier in the competition, Kendrick Perkins made a sly dig at Team USA.
INTERNATIONAL Basketball is being taken over by players! Continue on your merry way…
July 26, 2021 — Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins)
Team USA may have finished the competition on top of the Olympic podium, but things were looking bleak at the start.
Gregg Popovich’s squad was defeated in two preseason games. If Team USA hadn’t already lost its tournament opener against France, those defeats may not have loomed as big. Perhaps a smidgeon of trepidation had crept in.
Perkins had no qualms about taking a covert shot. After the Americans fell to the French and Luka Doncic led Slovenia to a historic opening victory, he tweeted, “INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS ARE TAKEN OVER THE GAME OF BASKETBALL.”
Team USA, on the other hand, would bounce back and put the naysayers to rest. For the rest of the tournament, the Americans did not lose a game, and in the gold medal game, they exacted vengeance on France. It was Team USA’s fourth straight Olympic gold medal in men’s basketball.
In the immediate aftermath of the win, Green was eager to refer to Perkins’ previous comments.
Draymond Green slammed Perkins for his inconsequential snubs.
After the final buzzer rang, many players on Team USA, including Green and Kevin Durant, went after Perkins.
The former teammates went live on Instagram, with Durant pointing out some alleged Olympic “Power Rankings” in which Team USA was ranked fourth. Green quickly joined in, addressing Perkins by name and said, “Act like you American,” before replying to Durant’s comment about the power rankings with, “Like this isn’t our game?”
Perkins was clearly aware of the remarks, and he suggested that he was living in the minds of certain Team USA players for free.
Imagine earning a Gold Medal for your nation and hearing KENDRICK PERKINS’ name as you go to the locker room. WOW! Thank you very much, guys, and congratulations on winning the gold! Continue on your merry way…
August 7, 2021 — Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins)
Green, on the other hand, wasn’t quite done with his trash talk. Later that evening, he tweeted at Perkins and even created Perk’s slogan, “Carry the hell on!”
To his credit, Perkins was quick to point out that the past three NBA MVPs have all come from outside the United States. While Perkins may have a point in terms of individual ability, the Olympics are about teamwork. In the end, Team USA lived up to its reputation as possessing the world’s finest talent assembly.
Can Green help the Warriors reclaim their NBA title?
Can Green add to his collection of gold medals? | Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
Green will return to the United States after playing his part in Tokyo, hoping to restore the Golden State’s previous grandeur.
The Warriors were the topic of many offseason speculations, but they ended up making minor changes like acquiring Nemanja Bjelica and re-signing Andre Iguodala. Klay Thompson, who is recovering from an Achilles injury, will be the most significant acquisition.
Thompson and Stephen Curry may hold the keys to the Warriors’ championship aspirations, but Green is still the team’s heart and soul. With his energy and diverse skill set, the Warriors’ feisty forward was a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year.
The Western Conference should be very contested once again, but Green and the Warriors will almost certainly try all in their power to return to the NBA summit. Perhaps Kendrick Perkins will offer more bulletin board fodder in the future.
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