Dray thought Kerr benching him in Game 4 was “disrespectful,” originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
When Warriors veteran Draymond Green found himself on the bench in Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Finals, he was frustrated. But ultimately he understood his coach Steve Kerr’s move.
And now, with the Warriors six months away from lifting their fourth Larry O’Brien Trophy in eight seasons, Green has revealed his true feelings about the decision in the latest episode of Throwing Bones.
“I even got benched in Game 4,” Green said while explaining some of the adversities he faced during the finals. “I was substituted for attack/defense – by the way I thought that was disrespectful as f–k.
“But it’s cool. I didn’t take it personally because the only thing that mattered to me was winning a championship.”
Kerr put Green down with just over seven minutes into the game against the Boston Celtics, and the forward spent four minutes on the bench.
Green returned to the ground in several jabs in the closing minutes of the game, and the Warriors beat the Celtics 10-3 after returning from his short break.
Golden State, of course, won the best-of-seven series in six games. And shortly after the team’s championship parade in San Francisco, Kerr took to the “Point Forward” podcast and defended his decision to seed green.
“I’ve been here eight years now, so I know all these guys so well,” Kerr said. “I didn’t really think much about it when I knocked out Draymond in Game 4 because that session wasn’t going well, so I was really looking for a shift. And I figured I’d just turn it off for a minute or two and then bring it back.
“If you find a group in the NBA that works, then stick with it and it doesn’t matter who’s on the floor. You can’t worry about someone’s feelings getting hurt or anything… Sure enough, when the run ended and we went back to him, he was great and making big plays around the track and it all worked out.
It certainly worked out, although Green thinks his take on the situation would be very different if the Warriors had lost the Finals.
“After that, I had to put myself in a place where I wasn’t supposed to go down that road, because for me, that road can get ugly,” Green said. “So for me I’m like, ‘Okay, I got benched. We won. I’m cool.’
“If I had benched and we lost, I’m not sure I would have handled that well.”
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Luckily for Dub Nation, they don’t have to imagine that — and neither does four-time NBA champion Green.
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