Draymond Green is known for his hot takes on the media landscape and his crusade to change the narrative in favor of the athletes dubbed “the new media.”
However, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as his mother, Mary Barbers-Green, is also known to speak her mind, especially on Twitter, where her son’s haters appear in droves.
News emerged that Green was looking for a max contract extension from the Warriors. The four-time All-Star defensive captain “wants and believes he deserves a maximum contract extension from the Warriors. Aug. 3 is when he is eligible to sign a four-year deal. That is his desired length,” according to The Athletic.
Most wins in a season by a player:
73 — Draymond Green
Only 7 players in NBA history have won more than 70. pic.twitter.com/UgGxZEv1Gd
— StatMuse (@statmuse) July 26, 2022
Then Twitter erupted with a debate on if Green’s contributions are worthy of a max contract. His play last season, especially during the playoffs, was the constant fodder for the talking heads, even en route to a championship. He averaged 7.5 points on 52.5 percent shooting from the floor while contributing 7.3 rebounds. He also gave the Dubs 7.0 assists in 28.9 minutes each in over 46 games.
As a polarizing figure in the NBA, Green has pushed the buttons of the players, refs, and fans while changing the way his story is told on his podcast, “The Draymond Green Show.” However, as a player with some of the highest game-winning seasons, with 73 wins in one, debating if Green deserves his flowers and his money tree seems comical.
Still, the internet never fails, and as trolls piled on the doubt, they received a surprise drop-in from one of Green’s biggest fans: his Mom. It all started when an account @TheWarriorsTalk posted the question, “Do y’all think the Warriors will offer Draymond a max contract?”
As the Draymond hate rolled in, Michigan Mama Green made it known how she felt.
“Alot of you are saying he shouldnt get MAX but guys that hasn’t won anything get BREAD based off potential! #MANGONE,” Mary Barbers-Green posted on Twitter in a reply.
It is not the first time Gang Green jumped to the Twitter rescue for her son. She has also been vocal about the media’s recent criticism of Kevin Durant for requesting a trade out of Brooklyn.
“This stuff is hilarious…. Everyone saying who don’t want one of the greatest players to ever play the game! I wouldn’t care what a spectator/commentator say period! Basketball players play basketball! GO PLAY! Wherever you want!”
On his 2023-24 contract, Green reportedly has one season and a player option left on his current deal, and by Aug. 3 he is eligible for a max-contract extension. If that happens, he would be tethered to the City by the Bay for five more seasons.
“While his desire is to remain with the Warriors, Green is said to be willing to explore his outside options to get the kind of contract he wants,” according to The Athletic. “That’s a risk Warriors’ management appears willing to take. Green playing this season with a chip on his shoulder, motivated by proving to the league he deserves a max contract, could have a positive on-court impact.”
Will the Warriors gamble on Green leaving or make him feel worthy of the championships he has helped bring to the trophy room? Whatever the decision, his Mom will let you know what Michigan thinks about her son.