I swore to myself that I wouldn't compliment a Golden State Warrior this season. They are undoubtedly going to get enough love this year, and I wouldn't want to inflate their ever so fragile ego by adding to it. That said, I think it's about time I give a shoutout to Draymond Green. Some feats of atheleticism are just too impressive not to acknowledge, and it would be crazy to act like this wasn't one of them. I know he's going to play coy and pretend he "accidentally" lifted his foot so high that it didn't actually make contact with the face of a 6'5 basketball player until it was on it's way down, but either way he get's a hat tip from me. I'm pretty sure even the 'Radio City Rockettes' engage in a pretty strict training regemin prior to the Holiday season so I do have a little trouble believing that the ability to effortless fling your leg above your head while shooting a basketball is an inherent skill. That said, I won't criticize a 6'7 player that engages in physical battles with some of the biggest, strongest players in the NBA for needing some kick boxing classes to perfect his 'Sweet Chin Music'. This play so far surpassed the bounds of the "Reggie Miller Rule" that I think we genuinely have to consider renaming it, and breaking a rule so badly that it puts the actions of it's namesake to shame is anything but ordinary.
P.S. Come on Dray, seriously...
“The thought that would be a flagrant never crossed my mind,” Green said. “…I thought there were other calls that could’ve been called flagrant, too. So I’m under the impression that if you’re hit in the head, incidental contact, that’s a flagrant if I’m not mistaken. In the rule book. We’ll see. Maybe I’ll go read the rule book. Maybe I’m wrong. But if I’m not mistaken, I’m right. They’re the best in the world."