Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green is a fan of music. That much was certain following Sunday’s 112-105 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
In a bold yet quaint move, arena game presentation staff decided not to play any music or hype beats before the game and during the first half of the NBA clash in New York so fans could watch basketball “in its purest form”.
Instead, the sounds of basketball were actually heard inside an NBA arena.
While many basketball purists applauded the Knicks for the move, Green was not a fan.
“It changed the flow of the game,” Green ranted afterward. “It changed everything. You get so used to playing the game a certain way.
“To me, I think it was disrespectful to everyone … to Rick Welts to all these people who have done these things to change the game from an entertainment perspective and give a game a great vibe.
“That is going to be a disrespect. You advance things in the world to make it better. You don’t go back to what was bad. So, it is like computers can do anything for us, it is like going back to paper. Why would you do that? It was ridiculous.”
Green said the Warriors found out about the change just before the game.
“Did you see that first half?” Green asked. “It was just bad. Sloppy. All over the place. There was no rhythm to the game.
“All this stuff makes a difference in the game believe it or not. … I don’t think they were doing it to throw us off but it definitely threw the entire game off. They need to trash that. That is exactly what it was.”