The Memphis Grizzlies continue to claim they have a rivalry with the Golden State Warriors.
And, while it’s become more than evident that the Warriors don’t like them at all, that rivalry is self-proclaimed.
Those games have become quite interesting as of late, and they’re most definitely must-watch television.
However, Warriors players refuse to believe that the Grizzlies are their rivals, mostly because that would imply they’re on the same level.
Recently, Draymond Green made a pretty valid point about that.
He claimed that, for it to be a rivalry, the Grizzlies would have to win something, and that just hasn’t been the case.
Green thinks that the Grizzlies aren’t in the same stratosphere as the four-time NBA champions, and it’s not like they’ve even made the NBA Finals:
“One team has to win and then the other team has to win,” Green said postgame. “That’s what creates a rivalry. Not because one team gets up for you and talk like they can beat you and then not. That doesn’t create a rivalry. Rivalries are created by ‘You win, I win.’ Clearly we’ve won four times and I think their organization has zero championships, so I can’t consider that a rivalry.”
More than that, the former Defensive Player of the Year added that beating them in March is meaningless, talking about their recent road loss in Memphis.
Draymond doesn’t believe Memphis x Golden State is a rivalry. 👀
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) March 10, 2023
That could be considered petty or being a salty loser, but it would be hard to argue with that logic.
Notably, the Grizzlies beat the Warriors without their best player in Ja Morant, who’s still out after a bizarre gun-related incident.
More than that, they did it just hours after Green destroyed Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks in an epic rant about how they’ll never win a championship with a player like him on the roster.
So, it’s clear that this game meant a lot more for the up-and-coming Grizzlies.
But if they want this to be a rivalry, they need to get up to their level, not try and bring them down to theirs.NEXT: Numbers Prove Steph Curry Is Having One Of His Best Seasons