Draymond Green has been one of the most talked-about people and players during this NBA Finals, with his podcast and media presence coming under fire thanks to his poor performances in the biggest games. Green is one of the more outspoken NBA stars in the current era, something that has only increased since his regular involvement in what he calls the 'new basketball media.'
Whenever someone is outspoken like Green is, they make themselves a potential target for criticism when things don't go well for their team, and that happened after the Warriors lost Game 3. Many people clowned Green after that game, and one of those people was former star Gilbert Arenas.
Arenas claimed after the loss that if the Warriors didn't win the series, it would be Draymond's fault for not playing his game and not playing like himself. However, the Warriors bounced back in Game 4 behind a huge Steph Curry display and Arenas revealed that his criticism had resulted in him getting a text message from Green after Game 4 was won.
"See this is why I f**k with the new school. This is why I can never bash a new school. Because if you give them the respect and... I made a comment, I'm like, I don't know if it;s gonna be taken well, let me explain it to him. So I've done it with like Donovan Mitchell, this is something I meant. They are smart enough to understand like, 'Okay, OG really understands.'
"So he (Draymond Green) wrote, 'I appreciate you, OG. I didn't take it as a slight, I respect it. I got to be better for sure. Little funk, but gotta shake it. Can't stop now.' Three minutes after the game (he texted me this)."
Green will be the first to know that if he can't step up his game to its usual height, we will be subject to a lot more slander than he would like. However, he surely is also aware that if the Warriors win, then there will be nothing for him to talk about or explain. In any case, he seems connected to his critics and seems like He really wants to take it to the next level and take the Warriors back to the very top.