Draymond Green and CJ McCollum dive twice as player and media

BOSTON – New Orleans Pelicans guard CJ McCollum, the new president of the National Basketball Players Association, took part in Game Three of the NBA Finals on Wednesday between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors.

McCollum is also the latest member of the media fraternity, having signed with ESPN as an NBA Analyst.

After the Celtics won 116-100 to lead 2-1, McCollum — and the new NBPA CEO, Tamica Trimaglio – Wait in the lobby under the locker room corridor to allow traffic to fade before leaving TD Garden.

Draymond Green came out of the locker room and was on his way to his post-match press conference, but saw McCollum and stopped for a short conversation that ended in classic fashion.

McCollum, a major in journalism, felt a responsibility to inform Greene of his final predictions in person rather than the attacker being surprised to learn of McCollum’s location on national television.

Being a spectator during the conversation, McCollum and Green allowed Yahoo Sports to publish details of their conversation.

“I got to tell you this. I picked Boston to win Game Three, and I picked you guys to win Game Four. But in the end, the Celtics won the Finals,” McCollum told Green. “I just want you to hear it from me first before you hear me say it on TV.”

Green replied, without hesitation, “It’s okay. Those throatless Celtics will still be just like you. Respect.”

Then Green gave off a smirk.

“Damn, it was such a good comeback,” McCollum said to himself as he watched the Green Mossy. “But, hey, he heard that from me.”

Golden State Warriors striker Draymond Green is part of a small but growing number of current NBA players who, along with CJ McCollum, are also NBA analysts for various media entities. (Photo by Associated Press/Michael Dwyer)

Whether McCollum is proven correct or not is beyond the point. He was man enough, and he took his secondary professional trade seriously enough to find it necessary to approach a very confident figure and tell him something Green probably did not enjoy hearing at the time.

His style commands respect from players and is an honorable one among his new, part-time peers.

“With CJ last night, I appreciate it because it’s something people don’t do in this day and age,” Green told Yahoo Sports. “I’m ***—a speaker. I’ll always have something to say. It’s normal for it to come out like that. That’s just how I am. I always get something fast. That’s just how my brain works. But I think CJ is incredible. I remember when Back in his third or fourth year in the league, CJ was doing the media when we were in the NBA Finals. He’s been doing it for a really long time and because seeing him get rewarded with his deal with ESPN I think it’s incredible for him I think it’s incredible for him for the League”.

A basic guiding principle in covering professional sports is that when a journalist produces content, via writing, television or otherwise, that is considered negative or controversial to the topic, he or she must be present at practice or games the day after the level of accountability is presented.

While players may dismiss and disagree with the content of the content, they often respect the reporter’s appearance and available for further dialogue, sometimes even swearing sessions.

But the somewhat new sector of double-dipping as an active player and media analyst can screw things up amongst the player’s siblings.

Many players feel there are codes that should never be broken and internal conversations that can never be talked about, even if given anonymity.

Miami Heat forward Odonis Haslem objected to Green declaring that Boston would eliminate them and advance to the NBA Finals, saying that Green had “break the code.” His colleague PJ Tucker agreed.

Green is signed with TNT as an NBA Analyst.

Many have argued The Heat’s reaction is an exaggeration, but what really matters is how current players feel about current players making predictions and expressing critical views of their peers.

“The way I see the dynamic is that there’s a difference between being a critic and being a hater,” Green told Yahoo Sports. “You see a lot of situations where former players hate. As a very critical person, I think he understands critical analysis and dislike, because those lines can quickly fade because in the end, those are the people you’re competing with.

“So when you’re critical, you have to have the knowledge and give the examples. You have to know how to say what you’re trying to say without just saying, ‘Draymond sucked last night.’ But why (Draymond) sucked last night? Draymond sucked because he didn’t hit the ball well. Good, or he didn’t shoot at all, or he didn’t defend well, or because Jaylen Brown got 21 points in the first half. Whatever it is, I think it’s about understanding what you’re saying, understanding the game, and then showing that to people rather than just blaming it. on others.”

McCollum showed an interest in Lehigh University journalism courses. Green may not have liked McCollum’s message, but as a fellow NBA player and analyst, he respected the approach.

Only time will tell how this long-term dynamic takes shape.

I think in the media that the truth is lost. Nobody is telling the truth anymore. And I think the most important thing, when I talk about “new media,” is that players are telling the truth again, and that’s important for the game,” Green told Yahoo Sports. “I think our game has taken a beating because of the lies that surround this game, because of the narratives which are driven by it which may not be entirely correct. And I think the players fall back on the lies. You see JJ Redick on ESPN every day telling that truth and killing these fake narratives being put up about this game.

“So I didn’t take CJ’s comment last night personally at all. He just talks s***, I talk s*** and we keep it moving. There’s not a whole lot of honesty in this business anymore. And I think guys will bring it back like CJ, like me, Like JJ Redick, who just retired two months ago and Pat Beverly. I think what the players bring back to that is the truth. I love him.”

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