Green and Stephen Curry joined the “Inside the NBA” after the Warriors beat the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 in the NBA Western Conference Finals, where Green confidently said: “you’re asking me who I wanna play, I’m gonna tell you who I think we’re gonna play — we’re gonna play Boston. That’s who we gonna play.”
The comments didn’t sit well with Miami Heat longtime forward Udonis Haslem, who took exception to Green’s statements to Shaquille O’Neal on the show.
After Miami’s Game 6 win over the Celtics to force Game 7, Haslem went to broadcasters and made it known how he felt.
“[Haslem] wants a message to be relayed,” broadcasters said. “He said, ‘Tell Draymond Green, thank you.’ Draymond Green said, ‘We’re going to play the Boston Celtics.’ Udonis Haslem walks over and says, ‘Thank you for the inspiration.'”
“Draymond broke the code,” Haslem said after the Heat’s Game 6 win. “You ain’t supposed to say some sh*t like that. That’s disrespectful. He know better than that.”
Haslem told Yahoo Sports that Miami is going home for Game 7.
“We did what we were supposed to do,” he said. “Don’t ever count us out.”
The outlet reports that multiple Heat players said they felt Green crossed the line.
“I don’t know what part of the game is that,” Heat forward P.J. Tucker told Yahoo Sports of Green’s comment. “A player picking a team before they’re out. That’s crazy, bro.”
The NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 will air on ESPN on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET. It can also be viewed on ESPN and Sling TV.
Green’s comments can be seen here:
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