Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green isn’t happy with the NBA’s decision to cancel their game against the Denver Nuggets.
Green cited the Nuggets getting an unfair advantage, as well as inconsistent policy, for his frustration in a well-time social media discussion.
Many NBA players, including LeBron James, have grown upset with the Association’s COVID-19 policy. It’s forced teams to expand rosters and have veteran players on 10-day contract stand-by, essentially.
“How do you continue to cancel games when you’ve implemented rules to prevent this from happening? Is that not a competitive advantage for other teams? The guys we didn’t have due to the protocol list played no role in Tuesdays loss? Pick a side but don’t straddle the fence,” Green tweeted.
Warriors: Draymond Green unhappy with NBA’s decision
Nuggets head coach Michael Malone and three players — Jeff Green, Zeke Nnaji and guard Bones Hyland — all entered COVID-19 protocol on Thursday. Green would rather the Nuggets be forced to play with reserve players or 10-day call-ups from the G League, which others teams have been forced to do.
“So when the game is rescheduled (which will probably take a day away from our “break”), we wil play them at full strength… But they got to sneak a win when we weren’t at full strength, only two days ago??? Let’s make it make some sense here,” Green continued.
The Nuggets defeated the Warriors, 89-86, on Tuesday at Chase Center. As Green hinted, the Warriors were shorthanded for that game.
The NBA’s COVID-19 protocol isn’t about fairness, or evening the score. While the Warriors were forced to play shorthanded and the Nuggets will not be, the league’s decision-making is more about safety than anything else.
Unfortunately for Green and the Warriors, that could have a negative impact on their win-loss record come the end of the regular season.