The Golden State Warriors over the last few years have developed the strong reputation for having a tight-knit team with a family-type atmosphere. This helped them tremendous reach the level of success that they have experienced over that span. In light of that, former Warriors center Marreese Speights recently told ESPN that there were was some tension between Draymond Green and Klay Thompson last year.
“Draymond f—ed up practice and s—,” then-Warriors center Marreese Speights says. “Draymond’s a good guy, but I think at the end of the day, it hurt the whole chemistry of the year.” One player in particular, he says, took much of the heat: “Draymond and Klay got into it a lot.” (Thompson declined to comment for this story.)
Speights has since retracted this story, but it does bring some clarity to the feeling among Warriors. Green does have a bubbling personality that could rub people the wrong way including his own teammates. That said, it’s a part of the territory and happens from time to time with every team.
There are going to be moments where teammates don’t like each other be it in practice or in the game. This is exactly what John Wall is getting scrutinized over with his comments that he sometimes dislikes Bradley Beal on the court. It’s something that shouldn’t be overblown but recognized more as being a common occurrence in professional sports.