Draymond Green goes off on Paul Pierce


It’s no surprise that majority of the NBA and it’s fans were shocked and somewhat disappointed in Kevin Durant’s decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors during the off-season.  A few players that made comments about Durant was Andre Dummond and Paul Pierce.  Charles Barkley also added his two cents, but that’s no surprise to anyone.


Soon after the signing, Charles Barkley made a comment stating that Kevin Durant is “cheating his way to a title.”

It seems that Draymond Green is tired of all of the Kevin Durant criticism, as he goes off on Paul Pierce for some comments he made during an interview with Siriusxmnba.  Pierce said,”I could have left Boston years ago but I stuck it out. I just feel like when you’re that close as a competitor, you don’t go join the team that just pushed you out. That’s just me personally but we’re living in a day and time where there’s a new generation. Guys I don’t think they are as hungry or competitive as my generation was, and that’s why you’ll probably see more of that.”

Draymond stands up for his teammate as he quickly responds to Pierce and other critics concerning Durant’s decision to sign with the Warriors.

“I just wonder at what point do they get bored talking about the same thing. You got all these guys talking. Like (Paul) Pierce today, like, dude nobody care what you did or who you did it for. Just give it a break. Everybody got something to say and want to take everything he say and twist it. Like, he play with the Warriors. OKC has their team, we have our team. He left there. Nobody complain when somebody leave Apple and go to Google. Aren’t they in competition with each other? Nobody talk junk about the CEO who leaves Apple and goes to Google. As a basketball player, you are the CEO of a business. He is the CEO of that business. So him going to play basketball for a different team, the CEO decided to leave where he was at and go somewhere else. But there’s so many guys in this for a different team, the CEO decided to leave where he was at and go somewhere else.

But there’s so many guys in this league that are so stupid they don’t think like that. They don’t think business wise. It happens every day in the world. But in basketball it’s a problem. Aren’t you competitive in your day job if you work for Apple? Don’t you want to outdo Google? What’s the difference on the basketball court? It’s your day job. You want to do what’s better for you. If it’s better for your family life, better for your happiness. Ain’t no one criticizing them. I don’t understand it. I’ll never understand it. So that’s just me. And I’d be willing to bet my salary ain’t many guys in this league more competitive than me.”

Although Paul Pierce did stay with Boston for majority of his career, he must have forgotten that his Celtics had the first “Superteam.”  During the 2007-2008 NBA season the Celtics acquired Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, both who were still in their primes.

Draymond made some great points, this is a business and Kevin Durant did what’s best for his business and his family.  Kobe Bryant said it best when he was questioned on the Durant signing: “If you’re a real competitor, you look at that and say, ‘OK lace em up. Let’s go. I don’t care how many players you have over there, we’re still gonna take you down.”


About Aaron Davis

Aaron is a staff writer and the Co-Founder of NBALEAD. He has been following the NBA for over 15 years. Graduated from Purdue University.

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