On Saturday against the Clippers, Draymond Green picked up his league-leading 11th technical foul.
Following shootaround on Monday, Steph Curry was asked if he feels like Draymond receives an “unfair shake” sometimes.
“I do,” Curry told reporters. “There are certain situations where he has a certain mannerism about him, a certain disposition, that is different from other people. I’ve been on the court when just looking around like, ‘Why did he get a tech?’ He didn’t say anything, he didn’t do anything demonstrative. I’ve seen way worse; had a blind eye turned to it.
“And Draymond would admit there’s been situations on the other side where he’s gone overboard and they’ve handled it accordingly. It’s a give and take, but there have been more than enough instances where he’s tried to compose himself and tried to have that communication and he’s not given the benefit of the doubt.
“I can see his frustration and I know he’s doing things internally to help make sure that he’s kind of clear-minded on the floor. And knows how to control himself or control his passion and direct it towards helping us win.”
After the game in Los Angeles, Draymond had some strong words regarding the state of affairs between NBA players and the officials.
“It’s bad. It’s horrible. It’s really bad,” the Defensive Player of the Year told Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “I don’t know why it is. But I think it’s ridiculous. It’s ruining the game. … It should be one of, if not the main priority, to be solved. It definitely should.
“They can get a new crop (of referees), a whole new crop. Too many personal things going on. Too much me against you. It just don’t work that way.”
Roberts and Seham agreed to put together an informal All-Star Weekend meeting in Los Angeles with a small group of top players and referees to talk directly about the state of referee and player relations.
If Draymond receives a 16th technical, he will be suspended one game.
Another one-game suspension would trigger if he gets an 18th (same with 20, 22, 24, etc.)
“At the end of the day, as long as we understand that refs are humans just like we are — they’re gonna make mistakes,” Curry said on Monday. “And in the heat of battle, we’re gonna have emotional responses … if I come to you and I want to talk about it and I’m not cussing you out or embarrassing you in any sense, then hopefully that communication can happen. And we can move on after that.
“That’s what we’re all trying to get to.”
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