Draymond Green’s attitude in Game 2 made Cedric Maxwell react. The former Boston player, MVP of the 1981 Finals, felt that with his behavior, “in the 1980s, Green would have been knocked out”.
The interior of Golden State took the opportunity to respond at length to this sentence and in particular to point the finger at this style of comments from former players.
“What bothers me about the 1980s or 1990s, those days when basketball was more physical, is that some of the guys who talk weren’t involved in those fights, weren’t kicking. They act like everyone is walking around the field hitting everyone. There were only a few players like that, knocking opponents down, knocking them out, making fouls that could get them sent off. Bill Laimbeer, Rick Mahorn. But everyone acts as if they do so. While they were mostly victims. So it kills me when a guy, just because he played in the 80s or 90s, explains that I would have been knocked out if I had played in his era. Not really, no, because you wouldn’t have done it. »
“Comparing the physical aspect of the game by pretending that everyone was physical and brutal is like saying today that all players shoot like Steph Curry”
Draymond Green also recalls that the NBA is much more severe than in the 80s or 90s.
“Besides, the fines were two dollars. It’s not the same time anymore. If I knock out a player, I’ll probably be fined a million dollars. It doesn’t work that way anymore. »
For the Warriors power winger, Cedric Maxwell and former players who constantly refer to the physical aspect of their time make comparisons that don’t really make sense.
“Guys always make comparisons: ‘If you had played in my era…’ And if you had played in that era, you should have had a lot more technique. It’s just different. Comparing the physical aspect of the game by pretending that everyone was physical and brutal is like saying today that all players shoot like Steph Curry. At the time, it was the physical, today it’s the shoot. But not everyone can shoot. Imagine me in twenty years, saying: ‘If you had played in my time, you should have known how to shoot’. Yes, guys shoot better in general, but that doesn’t mean I do. »