Draymond Green took exception with Sacramento Kings center Domantas Sabonis supposedly leaving the court before exchanging handshakes after the Golden State Warriors’ Game 7 victory Sunday.
“Lost a lot of respect for Sabonis. You don’t shake guys’ hands after you lose? I don’t respect that,” he said on his podcast “The Draymond Green Show” after the win. “I once left the court when we lost in Game 7 (of the 2016 NBA Finals) to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and I went to the locker room and I sat down and I said, ‘This don’t feel right,’ and I walked back onto the court and I showed everybody love.
“You lost, deal with it. Pay your respect. That was wack to me. That’s wack. But … I wouldn’t even necessarily say ‘lost respect,’ but I don’t respect that, and that’s wack.”
Green’s parting shot at the Kings big man follows a cagey series between the pair, highlighted by the Warriors forward stomping on Sabonis’ chest and getting ejected in Game 2. Green, who was subsequently suspended for Game 3, didn’t apologize and argued he had to “land (his) foot somewhere” after Sabonis grabbed his ankle.
Sabonis, like the rest of Sacramento’s starters, wasn’t on the court as the buzzer sounded, bringing an end to the Kings’ season. With the Warriors up 24 with 2:39 to play, head coaches Steve Kerr and Mike Brown emptied their respective benches, with Green and Sabonis both coming off for the final stretch.
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