Draymond Green is going for Paul Pierce’s jugular in their extended feud that dates back to last week when Pierce taunted Green for not being able to guard Blake Griffin. Draymond shot back at the veteran telling him he’s not worthy of a Kobe Bryant-esque retirement tour. In his words, “Chasing that farewell tour! They don’t love you like that!”
Pierce then took to Twitter to hit at Green where the wounds are still fresh.
Draymond continued his war of words with Pierce on Tuesday during his appearance on the “Dray Day” podcast with The San Jose Mercury News’ Marcus Thompson. He did not mince words.
“I hate when guys come up to me and say, ‘You can’t carry a team, you can’t do this, you can’t do that,’” Green said on the podcast, per theScore.com. “But how good were you (Pierce) at carrying a team? And by the way, it hasn’t really been proven that I can’t, or that I don’t. It hasn’t been proven.
“But it’s proven with you, because you couldn’t win. Just because you’re scoring points that doesn’t mean you were carrying the team. If you couldn’t get anywhere, if you couldn’t do nothing, where were you carrying them to?
“I think people tend to forget that and people will look at numbers, but sometimes they’re empty stats if you’re not really getting the job done. Maybe you’re getting your numbers done, but you’re not really getting the job done.
“Pierce had had an amazing career. He was a beast. But how far was he carrying those teams? If you weren’t carrying them that far, I guess we’re in the same boat.”
“People tend to forget he was struggling to get to the playoffs, was struggling to get to the playoffs, then all of the sudden Ray Allen and KG showed up. Let’s not forget that.”
For many Bostonians, Paul Pierce is on the Mount Rushmore of most beloved New England athletes. Pierce spent 15 years on the Celtics, and for much of that time was the only bright spot on a miserable franchise that not even Jordan could resurrect. When the Celtics won the NBA Finals in 2008 after acquiring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, Pierce was awarded the Finals MVP and there wasn’t one person in the Bay State who wasn’t elated for the 10-time All-Star.
Draymond must not forget that 80 percent of his Warriors starting lineup were All-Stars this year, and there is some nobility in Pierce sticking it out with JV players for over a decade. Draymond is flying too close to the sun and he should count his blessings because if he gets shipped off to the Brooklyn Nets, he’s going to have to find a new value prop to talk shit over.