Earlier this week, ESPN published an article that entailed the internal problems within the Golden State Warriors involving Draymond Green. Among that was a quote from an unnamed team source stating that the Warriors were playing like ‘cowards’ when Green was out for Game 5 of the series. Unsurprisingly, this struck a cord with Klay Thompson, who fired back with vigor about the source not putting his name to the quote, according to USA TODAY Sports.
“How are you not going to put your name to that quote?” he began. “It’s easy to point at someone and call them a coward, behind a shade or a shield you know? But why don’t you put your name to it, and then you can call us cowards. That’s fine. You can tell us that.
“But to say we played like cowards, and you’re not going to quote the guy who said it? That’s weak to me…That actually got under my skin, because I’m like, ‘You call us cowards but you’re not going to put your name to the (quote)?’ You know what I mean? You’re not going to quote who said it, just going to say ‘Oh, some executive said we’re cowards?’ Get out of here. That made me mad.”
“We played our hearts out that whole playoffs, the whole season, and then you’re going to call us cowards and not put your name on it,” Thompson said. “Get out of here.”
It wasn’t the content of the quote that truly infuriated Thompson, but rather that this person elected not to publicly put their name next to it. What makes things even more puzzling is that this was coming from someone within the organization calling out the team. There are plenty of reasons for the Warriors’ players to be angered by this statement.
That said, this is just more motivation to their fire to go out and try to capture their second NBA title in three seasons. There will be plenty scrutiny and hatred tossed their way this time around with Kevin Durant now in the mix. It will be interesting to see how they respond to it all.