NBA players are paid millions to play the game of basketball, so it is fair to assume that the sport is their primary focus as long as they are in the league. However, that is far from the case in real life, as NBA players often focus their attention on other aspects of their life.
When dedication is what is expected throughout the year, the Finals become even more important for teams and fans to see the players fully focused on winning a title. While many players are like that, some aren't. That doesn't necessarily mean that their performances are hampered because they have other things to do.
This has become a massive talking point with Draymond Green and his affinity for recording podcasts immediately after games are over. He has been criticized by many for focusing on his media career more than the ongoing series against Boston. A fan and noted podcaster has pointed out why Draymond's podcast can't be what's holding him back considering what players like Michael Jordan and Dennis Rodman did during their many Finals series.
The Last Dance is the perfect source for this. Anyone can go and see the tape of Rodman partying during the Finals and appearing as a member of the nWo on WCW Nitro on TNT. In addition, MJ would regularly indulge himself in gambling and golf during the Finals.
This is what fans had to say about the observation:
It is hard to say that recording a podcast for 30 minutes is the reason Draymond is playing poorly. He probably just records his immediate thoughts and sends over the clips to editors at The Volume, who package the video and upload it on the YouTube channel.
Green's performances have been lacking and people were going to eventually point at the podcast as a distraction. People weren't worried about this when the Warriors tore through the West in the Playoffs, so it shouldn't be a concern now that the player is facing adversity.