Seemingly every day there’s some new drama or beef or strange story coming out of the NBA, as it has become the world’s best soap opera. The current hot topic is whether Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk is a dirty player, and this has somehow created a minor war of words between the Warriors’ Draymond Green and members of the Celtics, chiefly Isaiah Thomas.
To quickly recap how we got here, Olynyk popped Kelly Oubre of the Wizards with a hard screen and maybe an forearm to the neck, which Oubre took exception to and ran over and shoved Olynyk to the ground. That earned Oubre a game suspension and restarted the chatter around Olynyk being a dirty player due to his growing list of incidents on the court. That all seemed to have come and gone over the weekend, but on Monday, Draymond Green felt the need to chime in on the issue on his podcast. He called Olynyk a dirty player and said he had no respect for him, which predictably led to the Celtics being asked about it on Tuesday.
Isaiah Thomas didn’t want to take the bait, but couldn’t help but offer some commentary on Green’s statement, leading with “I don’t know how he can call anybody dirty,” in reference to Green’s many incidents with kicking people. Green, having some down time after the Warriors swept the Jazz, sent off a simple little subtweet of Thomas and the Celtics after those Thomas comments.
This is the “scoreboard” argument expanded to playoff series, and Green has no problem kicking his feet up, relaxing, and poking the Celtics out of boredom. Petty season never ends in the NBA, and with no actual basketball to play for a week, Green has to find his competitive kicks somewhere else.