LOS ANGELES – Concerned about the legitimacy of technical fouls called on Draymond Green, the Warriors are taking their gripes to the top.
They requested an audience with Kiki Vandeweghe, the NBA’s discipline czar and the man who ultimately decided to suspend Green for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, who was at Staples Center for the Warriors-Lakers game Friday night.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers did speak with Vandeweghe, according to a team source. Coach Steve Kerr certainly believes a discussion is warranted, expressing hope that a meeting with Vandeweghe clears the air.
Green picked up two technical fouls in the first five games, a rate that would result in 33 over the 82-game regular season.
“Draymond is going to be watched,” Kerr said. “He’s a demonstrative player.”
He also has, fair or not, a history with league officials.
Both of the technical fouls this season evidently were for taunting, as Green in each case yelled in the direction of an opponent. The first came while celebrating a dunk in the opening-night loss to the Spurs, and the second came Thursday night as he celebrated Kevin Durant’s block of a Russell Westbrook shot.
Green, for his part, does not believe either call was warranted. He’s starting to feel as if he being targeted, of that there is a double standard.
“I don’t know if anything will change, and I can’t do anything about it,” Green said when asked if meeting with Vandeweghe might make a difference. “All I can do play. Just play my game and hope for the best.”