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  • Stephen, if you're in the middle of a long term deal and you get to play where you wanna play, forgive me for not being overly sympathetic that you had that your reputation takes a little bit of hit.

  • If, as Draymond admits, you dogged it in order to get traded.

  • Well, first of all, listen, I think you missed the boat here, and I'm pretty surprised that you missed the boat because you usually don't miss the boat on issues such a such as this nature.

  • Um, now I'll blame it to some degree on somewhat convoluted, Uh, Draymond Green was, uh, how he came across because it wasn't It's clear, uh, to some people, as it was to maybe somebody like me.

  • But I understood exactly where he was coming from.

  • And I completely agree with Draymond Green.

  • And here's the reason why Graiman drink Draymond Green.

  • I'm sorry is talking about not just the optics but the vitriol accorded to players that teams don't necessarily get.

  • And that's unfavorable treatment in the direction of players.

  • That's what he was alluding to.

  • A team that wants to Detroit Pistons come out and announce they're trying to move Blake Griffin.

  • So guess what?

  • They're probably going to sit him down before they make a move.

  • No problem.

  • The Cleveland Cavaliers decided with Andre Drummond.

  • Uh, no problem.

  • But James Harden wants out, and he's vilified.

  • Other players might want out, and they're vilified.

  • It's on Lee when it's in concert with the team.

  • They represent that everybody's OK with it, But if a team sits up there says we don't want you.

  • We don't give a damn about you.

  • They don't get crucified, They don't get vilified.

  • They don't get held accountable in a court of public opinion.

  • And so even though we somewhat understand that because the team is entirely different than an individual and the shrapnel of criticism that they're capable of absorbing is significantly more per se than an individual player.

  • What Draymond green, as an individual player is pointing out, particularly in this day and time, black men who to some degree are empowered whether directly or indirectly and as a result, society is, ah, whole, resenting that the second they flex and exercise whatever level of power that they may have, um, to get what they want.

  • Society turns against them.

  • They call them malcontents.

  • They call them problem Children.

  • They call them pre Madonnas.

  • They excoriate them, etcetera, etcetera.

  • And what Draymond is saying This.

  • Where's that same vitriol?

  • Where's that same intensity when it comes to a team electing in Andre Drummond's case?

  • Just just a highlight.

  • Illuminate this discussion.

  • You decide you don't want him.

  • He's scheduled to play in the game.

  • He leaves the bench, goes in the locker room, comes back outside in street clothes because you said, Guess what?

  • We want to focus on Jared Island.

  • That's going toe.

  • Compromise your minutes.

  • As a result, you're probably not going to be here.

  • So guess what?

  • Not only do you not play, but you have to sit on the bench in street clothes until we say otherwise.

  • That's kind of humiliating.

  • E mean, just let me go home.

  • Relax.

  • Let me chill out like Detroit evidently is doing with Blake Griffin until you make a move for him to sit on a bench in street clothes when he's perfectly healthy, averaging what he's averaging.

  • 15 points, 13 rebounds a game.

  • Except it's not a scrub.

  • This is not a dude that's not healthy.

  • This is not a dude that's not ready to play.

  • Why didn't you play them?

  • And if you're not gonna play him, let me go home.

  • But toe, have him come on the bench, sit there in street clothes and all under the guise of professionalism.

  • Because we're in this together and we're gonna move you, etcetera, etcetera.

  • It still makes you look bad.

  • It subjects you went to a level of embarrassment.

  • As Draymond Green pointed out, That's completely unnecessary.

  • And if a player decides, guess what?

  • I don't wanna play.

  • Think about it.

  • Put it to you this way, Max.

  • What if James Harden or even Andre Drummond or Blake Griffin sat up, then literally said, I want out.

  • So I'm gonna be with the team and I'm gonna sit on the bench.

  • But I'm not playing because I want out of here.

  • Everybody would have lost their damn on.

  • Who the hell is that player?

  • I think he is, But the team could do it, and it's not a problem.

  • That's what Draymond Green was trying to explain.

  • And that's not really about the teams.

  • It's not really about the players is really about us.

  • As the fourth Estate as members of the media's as individuals who disseminate ah commentary and pungency about a particular player.

  • Whatever he's like, where's the consistency?

  • And I think Draymond Green makes a very, very valid point when he says that because there isn't consistency when it comes to the e.

  • I think you you opened up a whole can of worms like a whole slew of issues to discuss what I would say.

  • First of all, let's start with the fourth Estate to begin with.

  • You know, we are the fourth state when you talk about the most influential sports talk shows, you know, first, here we are.

  • On first take, you're defending Draymond point of view.

  • When James Harden wannabe just wanted to be traded, I got on TV and told the Rockets You're gonna have to trade him.

  • Don't drag this out.

  • Let's not be foolish.

  • James Harden gonna get what he wants.

  • You know, I wouldn't say that that that the fourth estate has fallen down and simply excoriated the players and not held the teams accountable.

  • E.

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Stephen, if you're in the middle of a long term deal and you get to play where you wanna play, forgive me for not being overly sympathetic that you had that your reputation takes a little bit of hit.

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Stephen A. reacts to Draymond Green calling out the NBA for double standards | First Take

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/02/16
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