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It has been a few years since the Golden State Warriors were dominating the NBA, but Saturday night, they reminded the league of just how ruthless they are.
Injured guard Klay Thompson and forward Draymond Green both had criticism for Detroit Pistons guard Rodney McGruder following the Warriors’ 118-91 win after McGruder seemed agitated as the game ended and exchanged words with the Warriors’ bench.
With Thompson out for the year with an Achilles injury, he was #ReporterKlay for the Warriors’ NBC Sports Bay Area network and was on the air as the incident unfolded. He did not hold back on his thoughts about McGruder.
“This dude might be out the league soon, he’s probably mad about that, who knows?” Thompson said as the rest of the broadcast team laughed. “Over here, trying to start something like he’s a good player or something.”
Klay defending his teammates on the mic 🗣️ pic.twitter.com/xgTUxwcP36
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 31, 2021
It didn’t end there. Green added more to the verbal assault during his postgame press conference. Green said he was in the locker room during the interaction, but was quick to question McGruder’s toughness.
“When the (expletive) did Rodney McGruder become the tough guy of the team?” Green said. “If you really wanted to do something, you could’ve done it. (Expletive) over there talking (expletive) like he the team tough guy. Get the hell out of here.”
Green added that he thought the incident stemmed from something Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson told teammate Wayne Ellington during the first half, which Ellington then told McGruder. McGruder was not made available for postgame comments.
McGruder had eight points and two rebounds in six minutes, all of which came in the final quarter after Golden State built a 30-point lead.
McGruder won an NBA D-League title in 2016 with the Sioux Falls Skyforce before making his NBA debut with the Miami Heat the following season as an undrafted free agent. He’s played in 222 NBA games, but this season has only played in four, averaging five minutes a game for the 5-15 Pistons.