Warriors Star Draymond Green Caught in Beef With Suns Veteran

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Getty Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green during a game in 2018.

Draymond Green has a knack for getting mixed up in public beefs even when they have literally nothing to do with him. And at the risk of blatantly editorializing, it’s kinda great.

The Golden State Warriors forward found himself caught in the social media crossfire of a war of words between Jae Crowder, of the Phoenix Suns, and Phil Handy, an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers. However, the online carfuffle didn’t begin there either.

It all started with an Instagram post by Cuffs the Legend, a personal friend of LeBron James and a self-proclaimed NBA insider. The post is a photo of Crowder doing a salsa dance at the end the Suns’ first-round playoff defeat of the Lakers, a move meant to mock James, as the former Cleveland Cavalier teammates have a history of displaying public disdain for one another.

“I didn’t wanna do this because I was rooting hard for Phoenix,” the post’s caption reads. “But it’s not wise to pop champagne after a 1st round victory #JigHovering.”


NBA Beef That Requires Background Instructional Manual

Getty ImagesLeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers stares down Jae Crowder of the Phoenix Suns.

Crowder was ejected for the salsa dance in the final seconds of the Suns’ Game 6 victory over the Lakers, which knocked the defending champions out of the playoffs and ended their bid for a repeat title. James had recently done a commercial for Mountain Dew, during which he salsa danced.

The move was purported revenge for the Lakers’ mocking of Crowder in Game 3 of that same series, when Andre Drummond mimicked James from the bench as he was backing down Crowder during a Los Angeles victory that gave the Lakers a 2-1 lead.

“I don’t know if y’all remember Game 3. They did a lot on the sideline during Game 3 and that ruffled a lot of feathers on our side. That gave us an extra spark and some motivation. That’s all it was,” Crowder said said during a July 14 appearance on ESPN’s The Jump. “Those last 30 seconds when those guys were done, we were chasing that feeling. Once we got it, you saw the rest of it — the salsa dancing and the trash talking. But we waited until the last 30 seconds of defeat to let our trash-talking do the talking. That’s what you saw.”


Handy, Crowder Back and Forth Pulls in Green

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GettyDraymond Green walks onto the court before a game against the Dallas Mavericks.

In the comments section of Cuffs the Legend’s Instagram post poking fun at Crowder, Lakers assistant coach Phil Handy chimed in with a comment of his own.

“‘Aint no fun when the rabbit got the gun,’” wrote Handy, making reference to an Instagram post Crowder made following the season that trolled James a separate time. “We will remember that s***.”

“GLAD YALL WILL! I’LL REMEMBER GAME 3 AND THE ANTICS AS WELL,” Crowder responded.

Handy continued on.

“You know I always got love for you young buck, but win one first then you can talk all you want,” Handy commented. “Good run!”

Again, Crowder took exception.

“CAN & WILL TALK WHENEVER AND AIN’T NOBODY GONE (SAY) OTHERWISE!” Crowder responded. “YOU GOT MY (NUMBER). HIT MY LINE BEFORE YOU SPEAK MY NAME ON A APP!”

And at this most inopportune moment in a devolving social media beef, cue the entrance of Draymond Green.

In reaction to Crowder celebrating too early, Green commented: “Facts! I didn’t understand that.”

Already in a foul mood, Crowder shared his thoughts with Green.

“WHAT U AIN’T UNDERSTAND?” Crowder wrote. “I’M HERE, U CAN ASK ME IF YOU NEED CLARIFICATION.”

It remains unclear whether Green ever ended up reaching out to Crowder for said clarification. But, you know, probably not.


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