Draymond believes ‘ignorant’ Grizzlies need ‘reality check’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
Draymond Green believes the Memphis Grizzlies should undergo a reality check next season.
After finishing the 2021-22 season with the second best record in the NBA (56-26), Memphis took home field advantage in the first round series against the Minnesota Timberwolves and again in the Western Conference semifinal series against the Warriors for that. lose in six games.
Since their departure from the playoffs, several Grizzlies stars, including Yes Morant — who went back and forth with Draymond Green on Twitter last week — have been quite vocal on social media†
Green Joined Former NBA Star JJ Redick for a live crossover event of “The Draymond Green Show” and “The Old Man and the Three” podcasts, where he was asked about the Grizzlies’ trash talk and mentioned how “ignorant” they are as a young team.
“Oh no, I love it, I think it’s absolutely incredible,” said Green. “I love that they talk. I love it. I’ve talked about Memphis before on the podcast being oblivious to the situation, like, they’re – (to the crowd) no, seriously. And it’s not insult It’s actually a compliment They’re young and they don’t know how great these moments are.
“So they’re just not aware of it. We’ve been there before where you’re just in the moment and you plan, I’m in my third year, we’re competing for a championship. You’re just in that moment like you don’t know how big this moment is you don’t even know you have to get nervous because you don’t understand how big the moment is and so i said that about memphis like those young boys they are unfazed by what then And a big part of the reason they’re unfazed is because they just don’t understand how big the moment is.
Draymond believes that now that the Grizzlies have arrived, established themselves as one of the best young teams in the league and continue to talk, they have a reality check in store for next season.
“Talking now to the team that won a championship after they beat you after they won a championship is a whole different level of oblivion,” Draymond added. “It doesn’t get much more unconscious than that. And I think for them now you’re expected to do that. You’re expected to win these matches now. And it’s not that easy when teams come for you.
“And so I think they’re going to get their reality check now. And it’s not that they’re still going to be able to win. They may still be able to win, but they’re going to realize how much harder it is for And now, because they talk like they talk, they better get rid of that oblivion, because they better understand that these moments are huge now.’
Morant tweeted on June 18 that he wants to play against the Warriors on Christmas Day in Memphis.
Draymond and the World Warriors champion will not travel anywhere that day, an advantage that comes with winning the championship. However, Morant and the Grizzlies have an open dinner invite when they play Golden State in San Francisco next season on Christmas Day.
“By the way, to show you the degree of oblivion. Yes [Morant] told me on Twitter: ‘Yeah, take them to the M for Christmas.’ No, nobody comes to Memphis for Christmas, number one,” Green explained. “Number two, the champions don’t travel for Christmas…I said shout out to LJ, Bron changed that rule years ago where you win the championship you plays at home, so maybe we’ll see those kids in the bay on Christmas Day. I’ll invite them to dinner. They can have dinner with me and my family after we beat them on Christmas Day when that game takes place.”
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With how exciting the series was between the Warriors and Grizzlies, a prime-time match-up between the two teams on one of the most important days of the season would definitely make for a great game.
Until then, Draymond and the Warriors will continue to celebrate their fourth championship in eight seasons.