The Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green made the All-Star Game, but the forward averaging under 8 points per game this season was far from a lock for his spot on the Western Conference reserves.
That said, this will be his fourth trip to the All-Star Game; however, the star forward has already said he’s not planning on playing, having missed time with a back injury over the past few weeks.
Draymond Green is in the All-Star Game, and given he may have barely made it, Green was asked who he’d seen take being snubbed the hardest.
Having signed a multi-year deal with Turner Sports, Green jumped on Inside the NBA and talked about the appearance.
While on TNT, Green was asked who he “had seen taken it the hardest” by Kenny Smith. In other words, who was snubbed and took it the hardest? For Green, the answer was crystal clear as there really only seemed to be one come to mind.
Green immediately went to Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert. Gobert was very emotional when finding out that he wasn’t awarded the spot in the game in 2019.
“It has to be Rudy, I mean the man cried on national television when he didn’t make the All-Star team. Thank God he’s made the next three,” Green said.
Following Green’s statement, Chuck did try to defend Gobert, but it was to no avail as Green continued his rant. “You can’t cry Chuck, I said it then, I’m gonna say it now,” Green said. “I got killed on Twitter then, I’ll probably get killed today, but you can’t cry,” he said.
To be fair, Green makes a good point. While some players may have quite a bit of pride or even money riding on the All-Star game, most wouldn’t take it that far.
Yet, at the same time, the amount of effort players put into games helps make it make sense that missing the recognition would be upsetting. Nonetheless, Green certainly didn’t think it was necessary.
Now a four-time All-Star, Green will join Gobert on the All-Star team this year.