Draymond Green and Klay Thompson had no patience for the Detroit Pistons’ sour grapes on Saturday night after the Golden State Warriors thrashed them 118-91.
Well, it wasn’t so much the Pistons as it was Rodney McGruder, who attempted to engage with the Warriors after the final buzzer. He approached the Warriors tunnel and tried to have words with them over something Juan Toscano-Anderson said to his Pistons teammate Wayne Ellington in the first half of the game.
Pistons swingman Rodney McGruder just went all the way down near the Warriors tunnel after the game and was yelling at some Warriors players as they made their way off the floor. He had to be pushed back a couple times by Pistons staffers because he was getting heated.
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) January 31, 2021
None of his Pistons teammates followed him and he was pushed away fairly easily, but the incident caught the attention of Thompson and Green, who mercilessly mocked McGruder for his tough guy act.
Klay gets spicy
Thompson wasn’t playing and watched the game from the sideline. But he was on the mic in the moments after the McGruder kerfuffle, and he got spicy right away.
Rodney McGruder walked over to the Warriors bench after the game so the broadcast team asked Klay Thompson what was going on:
"This dude might be out the league soon, he might be mad about that. Who knows."
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— KNBR (@KNBR) January 31, 2021
“This dude might be out the league soon, he might be mad about that. Who knows. ...Over here trying to start something like he’s a good player or something. It’s like bro, get out of here.”
Geez, Klay, why don’t you tell us how you really feel?
Draymond roasts McGruder
Thompson was cutting, but Green was brutal. He was in the locker room when McGruder tried to start something with his teammates, but he went in on McGruder during his postgame media session when a reporter asked him what went down after the final buzzer. (Warning: Video contains graphic language.)
Two minutes straight of Draymond Green going after Rodney McGruder. 💀💀pic.twitter.com/eRLJtASzhf
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) January 31, 2021
"I don’t know. I was in the locker room. But apparently he was taking up for Wayne Ellington. When the f*** did Rodney McGruder become the tough guy? I don’t know, man, everybody in the league tough these days. It’s crazy. I’ve seen a lot of tough guys this year. I don’t understand it. And don’t nobody do anything. Like if you really wanted to do something, you could have done it. Walking over there talking s*** like he a tough guy. Get the hell outta here. F***ing tough guy Rodney. Tough guy. Also, I’m rocking with Juan T. Juan T was about to bring that Town Bidness s*** out on him. Yeah, I’m rocking with Juan T on that one anyway.
"Also I think it was something Juan said in the first or second quarter to Wayne Ellington. You got nothing better to do that you’re still thinking of something from the first or second quarter when you weren’t in the game. So apparently, Wayne Ellington must have went over to the bench. I guess he went and told Rodney McGruder because he hadn’t been in the game. Yeah, I don’t know. There’s too many tough guys in the league these days for me. But I know no one scared of no damn Rodney McGruder, like f***ing kidding me? Insane. But Klay said it best. Klay said it best. Leave it at that."
Toscano-Anderson saw Green’s rant and appreciated his teammate standing up for him.
— Juan Toscano Anderson (@juanonjuan10) January 31, 2021
We agree. Draymond Green is a treasure.
Wayne Ellington fires back
Ellington jumped into the mix on Sunday, too.
Naturally, he wasn’t too happy.
“I seen that junk. It’s crazy,” Ellington said, via The Athletic’s James Edwards. “First of all, I think it’s very unprofessional and not classy for someone to attack Rodney’s professional career the way it was attacked. He’s one of the most humble and down-to-earth guys in this league ... Rodney has never tried to portray a tough guy in this league.”
And as for Green and Thompson’s criticisms?
“That’s fake tough guy right there,” Ellington said.
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