NBA analyst Kendrick Perkins called out Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green in a now-deleted tweet — but the receipts are still available.
Draymond Green isn’t quite finished with his victory lap after Golden State won the NBA Finals. Long after the Warriors parade is all wrapped up, Green is now checking off every media member who doubted him and his teammates over the past year.
Apparently, longtime Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins made Green’s list, and Green did not hold back when criticizing Perkins for his evaluation of the game. On his podcast, Green said the following about Perkins:
"“Kendrick Perkins, you act like this clown, and it’s baffling to me. He could never be you. You know why he could never be you? Because he never done it. You go up here acting like him. You don’t have to do that, buddy. You played! You did it! Go talk about it. or can you not? I’d hope that you can. With all these hot takes that you make, you should be able to. You don’t have to act like that, my man. You go from being enforcer to c—. How does that happen? At least you acted like an enforcer, I didn’t really ever take you for one.”"
In a since-deleted tweet, Perkins fired back at Green in a video that was transcribed by Liam McKeone of The Big Lead:
"“Hey Draymond, you good? The f–k wrong with you? Didn’t you just win your fourth championship? What the f–k you worried about me for? What, you mad? You mad because I’m doing it my way and it happens to work? I’m doing it my way. I ain’t got to do it your way. I’m doing it my way. But look. Forget the old media. Forget the new media. I’m going to stand by the old law. And the old law says all that disrespect and all that ho s–t of calling someone a ‘c–‘, man you got me f—ed up.We all know you’re all bark and no bite. We know this. The NBA brothers know this. A lot of them that’s talking behind your back, the whispers, they know this. They know you’re not going to do nothing. This is proven. This is facts. Stop with all the tough talk. You can talk about me as an ESPN analyst, you can talk about my takes, you can talk about anything you want to do, I don’t give a f–k about that. But what you’re not going to do is disrespect me and call me no ‘motherf–king c—.”"
Of course, Perkins’ two-minute video has been screen-recorded and reshared on Twitter, which can be found here.
Kendrick Perkins fires back at Draymond Green for podcast criticism
Perkins removed the tweet soon after, saying that he did so out of respect for his colleagues at ESPN.
The subject of Green’s podcast was a clash between old and new media: how “old media”, which includes analysts who harshly critique players, is becoming outdated compared to the progressive nature of “new media”, which includes outspoken former players such as Green, J.J. Reddick, and now New Orleans Pelicans star CJ McCollum.
Green, like Reddick, is frustrated with the “hot takes” expressed by old media, which is why he criticized Perkins for engaging in this behavior as a former player. However, Green also used a racist slur that enflamed Perkins.
With what’s been said between them, the Draymond Green-Kendrick Perkins feud is unlikely to go away anytime soon.