Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors has a reputation as a fireball type of player, to the point where some consider him to be a dirty player.
But off the court, he can seem like a different man.
After the Warriors’ 120-100 Game 7 win over the Sacramento Kings, he gave Kings star De’Aaron Fox plenty of respect.
"This won't be the last we see of Fox. This won't be the last we see of the Kings."
Draymond appreciates being able to play against the Kings and in front of the fans in Sacramento pic.twitter.com/EniIzzUeT1
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) April 30, 2023
Fox has become one of the NBA’s best young stars lately, and this season he made his first All-Star team while averaging 25.0 points and 6.1 assists per game in the regular season.
He was also named the inaugural winner of the Clutch Player of the Year award, and he displayed his clutch abilities more than once in this series.
Fox scored 38 points in Game 1 as Sacramento pulled away for a 126-123 victory, and although he struggled in Game 7, going just 5-of-19 from the field, he will certainly be heard from in the playoffs again.
The Kings led the NBA in scoring during the regular season, becoming just one of a handful of teams to ever average over 120 points a game for an entire year, and with a young roster, they may have lots of room for improvement.
Green and the Warriors, meanwhile, move on to the Western Conference semifinals, a place not too many thought they would get to after a very inconsistent and injury-riddled regular season in which they won just 44 games.
They will face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers there in what could be a very entertaining and competitive matchup.NEXT: Fans React To What Steve Kerr Said After Warriors' Game 7 Win