In a month of NBA culture wars between old and new school, Ye Olde Argument on Physicality reared his familiar head into the discourse of the 2022 NBA Finals series, which was unfolding between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors as a result of Dubs star forward Draymond Greens groundbreaking escapades.
Green’s hyper-aggressive play on the pitch, coupled with his candid admission that he’s aware of how he’s officiated, prompted a response from Celtics alumnus and broadcaster Cedric Maxwell in what some euphemistically call a “corrective altercation.” was referred to, who he might have encountered in the 1980s.
That, in turn, was answered by former Maxwell teammate and Celtics champion Robert Parish, whose wise message probably draws less attention than his recounting of a frustrating moment with Detroit Pistons enforcer Bill Laimbeer.
Speaking on a recent episode of the WEEI show “Merloni, Fauria and Mego,” Chief let it be known that a similar outcome may have occurred when Green played like this in his day, confirming Maxwell’s take.
“Draymond is an instigator. That’s right,” Parish said. “He does everything to provoke people. That’s why he would have been beaten – because he’s an antagonist.”
But while it’s easy to fall for the boastful element of the four-time champion’s comments, what he later said might ring truer in hindsight if Green continues to act like he did in Game 2.
“Both sides know that Draymond is a lateral thinker. Like I said, I think he’s a troublemaker,” Parish explained.
“He’s one fingernail away from letting his teammates down. I think he’s reporting the officers, and you can’t. You had to warn him. He tried to cause trouble with various Celtics players, tried to get them to do something atypical. Try to provoke them to harm their team. He reminds me a bit of Dennis Rodman provoking: nudge the dog, nudge the dog.”
“But sooner or later the dog will bite you,” he added.
That dog biting could take a variety of forms — Green crosses the line and gets suspended from a playoff game for the second time this postseason and could end up costing his team a banner for the second time in his career.
It could also spark a struggle in a league that is much less forgiving of in-game altercations than it was in Parish’s days, which will likely result in both teams’ bans on key players.
Regardless of how one feels about the status quo and Green’s abuse of it, we hope that the actual basketball being played in these finals will be the focus of future conversations.
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