It takes one to know one if you’re Draymond Green.
The Warriors star called Kelly Olynyk a dirty player on his podcast “Dray Day,” referencing the Celtics center’s hard screen on Wizards forward Kelly Oubre that escalated into a scuffle during Game 3 on Thursday.
“He’s dirty. Dirty player man. I don’t respect guys like that,” Green said, per Sporting News. “I mean, I know he’s not like the greatest basketball player of all time, so maybe you feel like you got to like do that, but you don’t like — just dirty. Like I don’t respect that man, he’s dirty.”
Green, whose Warriors remain undefeated in the playoffs, notoriously has had trouble keeping his feet to himself with Golden State, taking multiple cheap shots to players’ groins and even one to an opponent’s head earlier this season. He was suspended for Game 5 of last year’s NBA Finals after his kick to LeBron James’ groin in the closing minutes of Game 4 earned Green his fourth Flagrant Foul point.
But Green drew a line between himself and Olynyk by citing Olynyk’s deliberate yank on Kevin Love’s shoulder that ended the Cavs forward’s 2015 postseason.
“It’s a big difference between knowing all the tricks because knowing all the tricks ain’t doing stuff to hurt people,” Green said. “Like, come on, he really yanked this dude’s shoulder out of place. I don’t roll with that man, dude dirty.
“This dude be out there trying to hurt people man. I don’t rock with bruh like that.”
Oubre, who was ejected from Game 3 for shoving Olynyk, was suspended for Sunday’s Game 4 in Washington. Wizards fans made certain Olynyk heard their thoughts, booing him throughout the Wizards victory and chanting “Kelly Oubre!”
Celtics coach Brad Stevens denied his center is a dirty player after Washington tied the series at two.
“I’m not sure where that narrative starts,” Stevens said, according to The Associated Press. “He set a screen, it was called a common foul, it was reviewed by the league, the league determined it was a common fould and another guy rushed him and chucked him on the ground.”
Green, however, should know that such a narrative can begin with something like repeated hits to the groin. And those aren’t exactly love taps, either.