In a move that was reminiscent of LeBron James in Indiana last year, Warriors forward Draymond Green insisted that a fan get kicked out of the game on Tuesday in Milwaukee.
As Golden State struggled in a high-profile road matchup, Green got into it with a fan during a Giannis Antetokounmpo free throw attempt during the third quarter. The Warriors were visibly frustrated with the refs all night, as they were served up five technical fouls throughout the ugly 128-111 loss.
After the fourth, which was called on Andre Iguodala on the bench, Green jawed with a fan for a couple minutes with Giannis at the line, starting at the 6:30 mark. At the 5:19 mark of the third quarter during a stoppage of play, Green pointed at the fan, before he left his seat near the court.
The Athletic's Anthony Slater shared Draymond's reaction from the locker room postgame.
"(He said) some threatening stuff to my life," Green said. "I was this close to really going back and diving all the way in, but kinda just went back and told the official. When I told the official what he said, he said, 'He gotta get out here.' So, gotta get outta here.'"
Trash talk is one thing, but death threats are another. No NBA player or person should feel endangered at a game.
After the game, @NBACentral shared more video of Green's interaction during Giannis' free-throw attempt at the 6:30 mark.
"You ain't s**t," Green said in the video. "I would love to know what the pass is?"
It sounds like Green repeatedly asked, "What's the pass?" before finally ending with, "Thought so. Explain yourself if you wanna be heard."
The entire game was played with a high intensity, despite the lopsided Bucks win. The Warriors were upset with all the foul calls throughout the game, as three of their five technicals were called in the first quarter. Emotions ran high from there.
"It was a very choppy game," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "Not a great showcase for the league."
In November 2021, two young Pacers fans chided LeBron to the point that the Lakers superstar asked referees to remove them from their courtside seats. The two fans didn't face further discipline, according to The Athletic.
Same vibes from Draymond here in Milwaukee.
Fans and players have been getting into this season, as players like Green and Kevin Durant have been filmed going back and forth with fans. In fact, a fan in Dallas recently matched a $25,000 "obscene language" fine given to Green to donate to charities.
The fan on Tuesday night shook his head as he left the floor and didn’t look like he wanted to leave, but exited without incident.
"The league has made it clear to us for years that that's been there," Green said of pointing out fans for possible ejections. "But like I said, we are human beings and there are times when you just respond. You try to learn from the mistakes, but like I said, there's still that human side, that human element to it that sometimes you're just going to respond."