Draymond Green shouldn’t get a free pass from NBA referees

Why is it that NBA referees have allowed Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green to pout, use hand and leg signals, and embarrass referees throughout each game of the NBA Finals? In the last three years, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors meeting in the NBA Finals, Green has complained about every single foul called on him. Whether it’s the correct call or not, Green crying about the call remains consistent.

Being a NBA veteran has some advantages. They get more calls, are able to complain to the officials, and get the benefit of the doubt- most of the time. Rookies rarely get a 50-50 call to go their way; especially when a veteran or All-Star is on the other side of the call. In his fifth season, the 27-year-old has proven to be among the best forwards in the league, but the theatrics go well beyond the norm.

Imagine if other players pouted like he did. Most would be called for a technical immediately if not fined. Then you have Green, who is able to have technical fouls erased mid-game. A second technical would have removed him from the game, so the first was obviously on his head coach, Steve Kerr. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, let’s rewind back to Friday night’s Game 4. In the first quarter, it appeared a technical foul was finally called on Green for arguing a call. Then, in the third quarter, Green was called for another technical, which would have forced him to be ejected from the game. While Golden State’s coaches were busy telling him that he was to leave the court, referees were busy covering their butts for ratings informing everyone else that that was in fact just his first technical foul with the one edited to be on Kerr. Let’s take a look at the official score cards (and how they somehow changed) during the game. Keep in mind, for the Finals, the NBA brings in neutral official scorers. There is no conspiracy that a Cavs member messed it up.

The official box score following each quarter is legitimate and yet they were able to change it during the game.

Even if you don’t count the technical foul situation in Game 4, why is it that Green continues to get the benefit of the doubt from referees across the league? I know, LeBron James complains to the officials a too much at times as well, but there are plenty of fouls that aren’t called on his opponents solely due to the way No. 23 is either faster or bigger than many of the players who guard him. But, it doesn’t come close to the amount of complaining that Green does on a game-to-game basis.

He will continue to pout following every foul called on him and the refs will allow it to happen. If the NBA wants to start taking control of the game, stopping Green from embarrassing the referees in front of the whole country on basketball’s biggest stage may be a good place to start.