These days everyone needs a side hustle, including NBA players.
Of the court, Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green splits his time between newborn Draymond Jr. and his podcast Dray Day with sports journalist Marcus Thompson. A part of the Uninterrupted Podcast Network, the two sit down and break down sports news and much more.
Their most recent episode “You Thought You Was Kobe?,” was an unscheduled edition produced to mainly break down Green’s sharp words with Los Angeles Clippers player Paul Pierce during their Feb. 23 game.
Draymond just straight-up trashed Paul Pierce. "You can't get no farewell tour, they don't love you like that…You thought you was Kobe?" pic.twitter.com/SC0A0vxLTo
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 24, 2017
In the viral clip you hear Green saying this: “You can’t get no farewell tour, they don’t love you like that…You thought you was Kobe?”
Green took to his podcast to explain his choice words.
“At the end of the day it’s nothing personal,” he said. “I don’t hate Paul Pierce, but I don’t hold anything back when i’m talking junk.”
While he reinforces the amount of respect he has for the hall of famer, he pretty much points the finger at him and says he started it. Apparently, during the game when Clippers player Blake Griffin had the ball pierce began to yell, “Go get him BG he can’t check you,” initiating the trash talk.
By Green’s account, Pierce went on to call him a bum and say that he wasn’t S***. Green went on to say, “I guess we both ain’t S***.” In the podcast he explains this is a reference not to Pierce as an individual player, but his debatable significance to the teams he has played for.
“Pierce had an amazing career,” Green said in the episode. “He was a beast, but how far was he really carrying those teams?”
Green and Thompson moved on from this beef and on to another. They dissected the running feud between JaVale McGee and Shaquille O’Neal, which irrupted a couple of weeks ago when O’Neal played this video during his “Inside the NBA” segment Shaqtin’ a Fool:
— CandidSkeptic (@candid_skeptic) February 24, 2017
The two continued to fight on Twitter, but what caught most people’s attention was one of the final tweets by McGee when he called O’Neal a coon.
Oh we threatening people now? Kick rocks you old bastard… you ain't gone do sh** !!! And that's on my mama… stick to cooning! https://t.co/ZFuGREc1WJ
— Javale McGee (@JaValeMcGee34) February 24, 2017
Green and Thompson debated who was in the wrong here. Thompson stood by Shaq, finding no excuse for the Uncle Tom reference, while Green feels bad for JaVale, knowing he feels singled out by O’Neal.
“Shaq has known for quite a while how JaVale really feels about that,” Green said. “I understand the Uncle Tom comment because if you understood that, and you really cared, you would A stop, you would B acknowledge the fact I don’t like it or C someone is making you, and that’s where the Uncle Tom comes in.”
Green and Thompson went on to talk about football, finances and ended with the show’s staple segment Money or Broke, where Thompson asks a series a rapid fire questions and Green calls money if agrees and broke if he doesn’t. This edition touched on Demarcus Cousins, Hidden Figures and Manny Pacquiao.
You can check out the whole podcast series on iTunes or the Uninterrupted.com.