FTW- After the Warriors’ 112-105 win, Green blasted the Knicks for the idea and even called it disrespectful. He said via ESPN:
“That was pathetic. It was ridiculous. It changed the flow of the game. It changed everything. You get used to playing a certain way. It completely changed it. To me, I think it was completely disrespectful to everyone from [NBA senior VP of entertainment and player marketing] Michael Levine to [Warriors president and COO] Rick Welts and all these people who’ve done these things to change the game from an entertainment perspective.
[It] gives the game a great vibe. That’s complete disrespect. You advance things in the world to make it better. You don’t go back to what was bad. It’s like, computers can do anything for us. It’s like going back to paper. Why would you do that? So it was ridiculous.”
The New York Knicks decision to cut the AUX cord during the first half of yesterday's game against the "superteam" that they did a F- job of emulating this season was a lot of things, and "stupid" would certainly be one of them. While I find the idea of enjoying basketball in it's "purest form" pretty cool in theory, it's a concept that rings hallow when one of the teams participating plays a brand of basketball that's about as pure as the average 20-something's Saturday morning bowel movement. I suppose it's dangerous to speak for the type of people that still paying out of their ass to go to a building that won't even allow it's most legendary of former athletes to put the first amendment into practice, but I would imagine that the last thing that the average Knicks' fan wants is less distractions from their shitty, dysfunctional team. Let's just say that I don't think that thousands upon thousands of people hiked into the city on a Sunday afternoon solely to see the triangle offense get executed about as cleanly as a wire hanger abortion. I don't necessarily have a problem with cutting off the in-game entertainment, but if you are going to do so then it would be wise to roster a team that's capable of providing their own in-game entertainment.
That's why I think it was pretty obviously a dumb decision for the Knicks' to go out of their way to make Madison Square Garden about as lively as a morgue, but "dumb" is where I draw the line. I guess you could make a convincing argument for "pathetic" and "ridiculous" as well, but calling the home team's temporary muting of their own arena "disrespectful" would sound over-the-top and absurd if the source wasn't someone whose entire aura is disrespectful. If it truly "takes one to know one" then Draymond Green is the foremost authority on disrespect, but that doesn't make the taking of the high road from someone that can't stop kicking people in the dick seem any less disingenuous. The athlete that is mere weeks removed from taking it upon himself to crap all over the career of an NBA legend who is riding out his last season on the bench is going to start pounding the gavel on professional courtesy? The dude that goes above and beyond to get in the heads of his opponents draws the line at replacing Drake's greatest hits with a little peace and quiet?
I actually like that Draymond Green has embraced being unlikable, but I would appreciate it he kept his words more villainous than holier-than-thou. I see why basketball players would want to keep the atmosphere constant, but silence is the best way to respond to foolishness - especially when you make your living acting a damn fool.