For the most part, the Golden State Warriors elected not to discuss Draymond Green's suspension for Game 5 of the NBA Finals after practice on Sunday, as they obviously aren't fans of the decision but can't do anything to change it. Warriors forward Marreese Speights, though, was the exception to that rule.
"It's messed to suspend a man over nothing," Speights said, via ESPN's Ethan Sherwood Strauss. "If somebody put they' [redacted] on your head, what are you supposed to do? [Redacted] are on the back of his head. It's kind of messed up, man, but hey.
"A guy does something like that, you kind of lose respect for him," Speights continued. "I had a lot of respect for LeBron over his career, since he was in high school. But, do things like that to get a guy suspended? That kind of disrespectful."
Speights agreed with Klay Thompson's assessment that trash talk is commonplace and James didn't need to get offended by Green's words. He also went where Thompson wouldn't, directly stating that he thinks James tried to provoke Green.
"On that court, a lot of things are said," Speights said, via ESPN. "People say bad stuff to everybody on the court all the time. You're just in a situation that, you want to get a guy suspended. You started it. You stepped on a man's neck. Man ain't even hit him in the [redacted], though. It's kind of a messed up situation."
James laughed at Thompson's comments and said it was hard to take the high road all the time. You have to wonder whether his response would have been any different if Speights' words were relayed to him. Especially after this tweet from Speights shortly after talking to the media.
🍼— Marreese Speights (@Mospeights16) June 12, 2016