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You do enjoy picking on Green. He’s behaved stupidly, no doubt. But your line of reasoning that the Warriors are somehow responsible due to this coaching vacuum is absurd. Enormous speculation to say the least with very little evidence. He was drunk as hell at the championship celebration the previous year prior to this “vacuum”. Green is green. People are responsible for themselves, even athletes, as you well know. He’s been really stupid and will have to pay the price. He has a reputation now, never a good thing. It won’t be easy to overcome that, and he’ll see the results play out on the court with refs who will focus on him. None of his transgressions are egregious in my view. He’ll be fine as long as he grows up soon. He seems smart. He’s still salvageable.
I don’t think any reasonable person would read this article and take it to mean that the Warriors are responsible for Green’s out-of-control behavior. Explaining that not having the team’s leader Kerr might have had something to do with Draymond’s season-long drift toward poor and costly behavior is not the same thing as blaming Kerr or the organization. I don’t see it as implausible. Saying it’s plausible is not the same thing as saying it’s true.
But let’s face it- Green’s playoffs T’s mattering were a result of carrying so many from the regular season. From the explosion with Kerr to his other transgressions, this has been going on for months. And it’s costing the team and him.
There’s no way this can be construed as unfair to Green. He’s earned it.
A “coaching vacuum” then would be the responsibility of whom exactly? I’m guessing we’ll have to disagree on that, reasonably speaking.
Ultimately, we seem to agree….this is all on Green first and foremost.
Hey Grumpy…did you have your vinegar today?
You seem to enjoy berating and judging everything about people you write about. A little self righteousness seems to fit you.
Never judge a man till you have walked in their shoes is a good way to walk through life.
Green may have not had the upbringing you did and still is young enough to get on the right path.
You however are older with much less time to learn that nothing is set in concrete and life is a journey to enjoy.
PS: your article about Ted Robinson was the work of a very insecure person which told us more about you than him………..smell the roses
This is a lame take after Green’s past two months. It’s not been good and the media has treated him very lightly.
in the past few months he has totally lost control. He took a picture of himself driving over 100 MPH, which people have conveniently forgotten about. He couldn’t control himself on the court and got suspended when his team needed him most, and in getting suspended for Game 5 of the Finals turned a runaway defense of a championship into a shocking loss. The W’s are now the only team to ever lose a championship after being up 3-1, and Draymond is as much or more to blame than anyone.
Now as an encore he’s been arrested and sent out his “d@#k pick.”
I would explain more, but you should look up the job description of an Op-Ed writer. Lowell fills it perfectly. Confidently and securely. If you’ve ever read one of his interview transcripts or seen him on TV asking tough questions to his subjects’ faces you’d know this.
Lowell is one who never says anything about anyone he wouldn’t say to them. If you don’t know that you don’t follow bay area sports.
Ha ha…I have to laugh at your comments.I have been following Bay Area sports and Lowell a lot longer then you and I think it’s ironic that Lowell needs someone to defend him when all he does is look for the faults in others.
Draymond deserves criticism but not to the extent that the media has showered him with. He is a kid afterall,,given 90 million to play with and raised in an environment where $10 in your pocket was a lot.Not exactly groomed to deal with the attention or pitfalls money can cause when your not prepared.I think he will get it and turn it around but we are not exactly dealing with major crimes here.
I also think it should be mentioned that he has a good heart and has done a lot for communities and his alma mater. Lowell might have balanced things out.in his story.
I also doubt very much that Lowell would say those things face to face with Draymond as you suggest.Probaly he would tell Ted Robinson what he felt. That piece he wrote on him was both cowardly and unecessary. Not a very objective piece.Just a petty person trying to embarass someone in public.
I don’t look to sports for moral inspiration and I also don’t need someone to bring up the negatives all the time about the character of others.
Ever read Jim Murray,Red Smith or Roger Angell.all sportswriters adept at their craft being enertaining as well as informative at the same time.Thats all I ask from writers.
You don’t read like you’ve been following bay area sports or Lowell. He and Kawakami are the most fearless writers in the bay.
Green’s not a kid, he’s a grown man. Making excuses like yours is co-dependency and I’m sorry but athletes don’t need people excusing their behavior more than they already do. I don’t suspect any of the great sports writers you name would make such excuses for Green or anyone else.
Wasn’t Green in his former community when he hit a kid who goes to his alma mater in a bar? Is that the big heart you were speaking of?
I’m also curious, what part of Green’s run over the last several months can be construed as positive? The reckless driving? The groin kicks? the suspension? The Finals Loss? The arrest? The d@#k pic?
Keep making excuses.
No one is making excuses.Whats your excuse for being holier than thou.
I like Kawakami he has a sense of humor and actually seems to enjoy sports.Never get the feeling Lowell likes what he is doing. I get enough negativity in other areas of the paper. Don’t need his constant criticism and self righteousness.
John, you are making excuses- saying Green shouldn’t be criticized by Lowell because he grew up poor and is a “kid” at 26 are both excuses. I’d love to see you draw the direct line from growing up poor to putting your d@#k on the Internet.
Lowell was in his purview to criticize him as many have. If the next time he has a run-in with the law and it’s more serious you will be alone in not having seen the signs.
And BTW, I am not holier than anyone. I make mistakes. I own them and am accountable. Always. But nothing I say or do today has to do with being raised by a single mother or anything else in my past. Going up poor does not mean growing up without values. You make a lot of assumptions.
Thanks for your limited wisdom.Green’s offenses are both childish and minor. Maybe mentioning the fact that he was instrumental in bringing us one championship and setting an historic mark would balance things out.
It’s like raising kids…if your not willing to praise your kids to the same degree as you criticize them your not exactly being fair with them.
You probably would let someone run all over you like Lebron did but no self respecting person would.(didn’t deserve the flagrant but the NBA has to please its advertisers.)
And yes their is a big difference growing up in the burbs as opposed to the inter-city. Your using your standards to judge someone you are clueless about.Of course their is as many kids sex-texting in both environments
Spend a week in his shoes and neighborhood and see what you think then
.Till then enjoy sports and don’t let the negative take away what is so great about them.
Are you really thinking, remotely or otherwise, that Kerr’s back problems caused Green’s photography problems? If Kerr did not go on a medical leave for all those months during the season Green would not have taken a picture of his thing-a-ma-jig? I don’t know, that sounds like a pretty big stretch too me.
I am thinking he would have taken the picture anyway. This is a whole different generation. Kim Kardashian changed everything, at least as we used to know it. This behavior may not be as abnormal as we may think.
Maybe true Dennis, but if the d@#k pic didn’t follow all the other transgressions this would just be an anomaly, but it’s not. It’s just the latest incident of boorish behavior going back several months.
I think it’s fair to wonder if Kerr had been around to keep him in check, which by Green’s and Kerr’s admission they do for one another, if Green would have had so many T’s he got suspended in the championship series.
To sum up- he got T’d up a helluva lot during the season, exploded on Kerr, took a pic of himself driving at over 100MPH, kicked Steven Adams in the privates twice and hit LBJ’s privates once, got suspended and W’s lost the series, and now has been arrested for hitting someone in a bar and sent his d@#k to the Internet.
Does any part of this NOT say out of control?
I am not condoning his behavior. I am only suggesting that his behavior has nothing to do with Kerr’s absence. It probably has more to do with his big contract and all the media attention he gets for being – well, being himself.
The Warriors are at the invincible stage of the marketing curve. They can do no wrong…for now…
For reference, remember when ‘Kap’ was on the cover of SI and ‘kapernacking’ was all the rage?
Then he missed #15 in the corner of the Superdome and he came down the other side.
The dubs are poised to come down the other side and when they do Draymond’s cumulative ‘yuck’ will run him out of town.
Exactly- you read my mind. Not one local writer has as much as called Green a troublemaker. A mild rebuke right?
And who thinks weinergate is his last foot in the bucket?
Lowell Cohn has been covering Bay Area sports for more than 30 years and he’s never run out of things to say.