October 3, 2022

Draymond Green thinks the Memphis Grizzlies have to face reality next season.

After finishing the 2021-22 season with the second-best record in the NBA (56-26), Memphis gained home-court advantage in the first-round series against the Minnesota Timberwolves and again in the first-round series. Western Conference semifinals against the Warriors before losing in six games.

Since leaving the playoffs, several Grizzlies stars, including Ja Morant — who went back and forth with Draymond Green on Twitter last week — have been vocal on social media.

Green joined former NBA star JJ Redick for a live crossover event of “The Draymond Green Show” and “The Old Man and the Three” podcasts, where he was asked about the Grizzlies’ trash talk and mentioned how ‘unconscious’ they are as a young team.

“Oh no, I love it, I think it’s absolutely amazing,” Green said. “I love that they talk shit. I think that’s great. I’ve spoken on the podcast before about Memphis being oblivious to the situation like, they’re – (to the crowd) no, serious. And that’s not an insult. It’s actually a compliment. They’re young and they don’t know how great those times are.

“So they don’t realize it. We’ve already been where you are right in the moment and you’re planning like, I’m in my third year, we’re competing for a championship. You’re right at that time , like you don’t know how important this moment is. You don’t even know how to get nervous because you don’t understand how important this moment is. And so I said that about Memphis, like those young guys, they’re not fazed by anything, and a big part of the reason they’re not fazed is that they just don’t understand how important timing is.

Draymond now believes the Grizzlies have arrived, established themselves as one of the best young teams in the league and continue to talk they are in store for a reality check next season.

“Now to say shit to the team that won a championship after beating you after winning a championship is a whole different level of forgetting,” Draymond added. “It doesn’t get much more subconscious than that. And I think for them now you’re going to be expected to do that. You’re now going to be expected to win those games. And that’s not not as easy when the teams are coming for you.

“And so I think now they’re going to face reality. And it’s not that they can always win. They might still be able to win, but they’re going to realize how much harder it is for them. that they win. And now, because they speak as they speak, they had better lose this oblivion, because they understand better that these moments now are enormous.

Morant, for example, tweeted on June 18 that he wanted to play the Warriors on Christmas Day in Memphis.

Draymond and the world champion Warriors won’t be traveling anywhere that day, an advantage that comes with winning the championship. Morant and the Grizzlies, however, have an open dinner invitation if they end up playing Golden State in San Francisco on Christmas Day next season.

“To show you the level of forgetfulness, by the way. Ja [Morant] said to me on Twitter, ‘Yeah, bring them to M for Christmas.’ Fk no, nobody comes to Memphis for Christmas, number one,” Green explained. “Number two, champions don’t travel for Christmas…I said kudos to LJ, Bron changed that rule years ago where you win the championship you play at home, so maybe we’ll see those kids in the bay for Christmas day. I’m going to invite them to dinner. They can have dinner with me and my family after beating them on Christmas Day if that game happens.”

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With how exciting the series was between the Warriors and Grizzlies, a primetime game between the two teams on one of the biggest days of the season would definitely make for a great game.

Until then, Draymond and the Warriors will continue to celebrate their fourth championship in eight seasons.

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