Draymond Green says the Golden State Warriors don’t care if some people see them as the villains of the NBA.
With the addition of Kevin Durant, the Warriors are far and away the best team on paper in the NBA, and many people are already backing them to win the title in the coming season.
Of course, a lot of people are unhappy with Durant’s decision to further strengthen an already star-studded and powerful line-up, and this resuled in a lot of criticism and anger directed the Warriors’ way.
Of all the Warriors players, Green is probably most accustomed to this kind of negative attention, having drawn his fair share of criticism in the past for his behaviour on and off the court.
If you think that’s the kind of thing that keeps him up at night, however, guess again.
As Green told ESPN.com in a recent interview, ‘nobody [on the team] cares’ about being called ‘villains’.
“I think it’s all how you look at it,” he said. “Some people say we’re villains. I don’t think we’re really going into it saying we’re villains, we need to do this. Who cares? It’s like, it really doesn’t matter what people try to make you play. It’s about getting on the court, getting between these lines and performing.
“End of the day what everybody else draws up, make you out to be, they can make you out to be whatever you want. If we’re winning games or not winning games, that’s what matters. So, I don’t think this team is looking saying, ‘Hey, villains, let’s do it.’ Nobody cares.”
He added: “Usually, when you’re doing something the right way, people hate. … Usually, when you’re doing something someone else wants to do, they hate. Usually, when there’s success, with success comes hate. That kind of just comes with the territory. It really doesn’t matter. KD being here definitely adds to that [villain narrative], but with the success we’ve had, people are going to hate us anyway. Like I said, it comes with the territory.”
If being a villain also means being a winner, it looks like that’s something Green is more than OK with.