Draymond Green sends warning to polarizing ex-Boston Celtics role player

Feb 23, 2024; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23)
Feb 23, 2024; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green had a veiled threat to former Boston Celtics role player Grant Williams, now a key component of the Charlotte Hornets -- of 4-1 fame since acquiring the Tennessee product at the trade deadline --, after the latter mixed it up with several Dubs during a 97-84 Golden State Warriors victory on February 23.

In short: you're not the guy you've been acting like, and you're not going to like the experiences of an NBA villain.

“Grant Williams gotta stop it, man,” Draymond Green told reporters postgame (h/t MassLive). “Being this tough guy is going absolutely wrong for him. He’s a really nice guy. And for some reason he keep on trying to jump on the unlikable side and I must tell you, it’s not always fun over here…It’s not always a good time. I don’t know man, he need to figure it out. Talking too much kind of got you out of Dallas, like overdoing it. And he over there talking too much now.”

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Williams has earned himself a bit of a reputation for getting into scuffles now with his second straight year of mixing it up with an opposing player. Crazy to think the last time he did it was before he was even a member of the Dallas Mavericks.

Of course the instance Celtics are referring to is when he famously got in Jimmy Butler's face during Game 2 of the Finals against the Miami Heat. As Williams described, it was nothing more than your standard in-game trash talk.

“Jimmy says ‘hell naw he ain’t here,’ so I made a three, and I said ‘hell no, motherf-----, I’m here! … The next play, Jimmy … boom boom, stop, pivot, and-one, and he says ‘I’m here too, motherf-----!’” Williams said (h/t Sports Illustrated).

What occurred at the Chase Center was several steps beyond that seemingly light-hearted exchange. One has to wonder if Williams will continue to find himself in another situation like this for the lottery-bound Hornets.