Draymond Green isn’t the biggest fan of Rudy Gobert, and definitely doesn’t want to be compared to him.
Green made that clear during Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game telecast, while playing the part of sideline reporter. In the middle of a conversation with Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley, Green could no longer stand having his name mentioned in the same breath as the Jazz center.
Here’s what the back and forth between Green and Smith sounded like:
Green: “You keep mentioning me in the same sentence with him. We are not alike.”
Smith: “Who’s not alike?”
Green: “Who you just mentioned me with.”
Smith: “Mutumbo and Rudy Gobert?”
Green: “I didn’t say Mutumbo.”
Smith: “You’re not like Gobert?”
Green: “Nah, we ain’t nothing alike.”
Smith: “Say no more.”
This isn’t the first time Green has insulted Gobert. Draymond trolled the 3-time Defensive Player of the Year in 2019 for crying after he didn’t get named to the all-star team.
“I guess I was just raised a little different,” Draymond said at the time. “That’s just not OK with me. I’m all for passion and people showing their emotion and all these things, but to cry that you don’t make the All-Star Game is a bit much for me,” Draymond explained. “And credit to Rudy — he didn’t make it and he had 25 and 13 that night. Go do that though … credit to him for going out and having the game he had right after thinking he should have been an All-Star and not getting the nod. I respect that and I rock with that.
“But the first part (crying) — I can’t get with that. I don’t believe in that. I don’t think that’s cool.”
Green is also on the record saying that he doesn’t understand how a player who gets pulled from games because he can’t switch the pick-and-roll can win defensive player of the year.