Draymond Green has a history of kicking opposing players below the belt, a track record that has left many wondering whether the Golden State Warriors do-everything power forward is a borderline dirty player.
That’s debatable, but what’s not up for debate – at least in Green’s mind – is the reputation of Boston Celtics backup center Kelly Olynyk. Green took aim at Olynyk on his Dray Day podcast, repeatedly calling him “dirty” and claiming that Olynyk intentionally tried to injure Cavs power forward Kevin Love during their infamous incident that left Love with a dislocated shoulder in the 2015 playoffs.
“Kelly Olynyk is a dirty player, man,” Green said on the podcast. “… He’s dirty. Dirty player, man. I don’t respect guys like that. I mean, I know he’s not like the greatest basketball player of all time, so maybe you feel like you got to like do that, but you don’t like – just dirty. Like I don’t respect that man, he dirty.”
Green then tried to explain the difference between players who bend the rules to get an advantage and those who are just trying to injure opponents.
“It’s a big difference between knowing all the trick because all the tricks ain’t doing stuff to hurt people,” Green said. “Like come on, he really yanked this [Love’s] shoulder out of place. I don’t roll with that man, dude dirty.
“This dude be out there trying to hurt people man, I don’t rock with bruh like that.”
Green is not the only one who thinks Olynyk pushes the envelope on the court. Love, who missed the rest of the playoffs with that shoulder injury, accused Olynyk of intentionally injuring him after the game two years ago.
“I thought it was a bush-league play,” Love said at the time. “I have no doubt in my mind that he did it on purpose.”
Olynyk recently drew the ire of Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. during Washington’s Game 3 victory last week. Oubre leveled Olynyk for what he thought was a dirty screen.