You’ve heard the saying, “never say never.” Near the end of the third quarter of Monday’s beatdown on the Mavs, Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green fouled high-flying rookie Dennis Smith Jr on a dunk attempt and told him he will “NEVER” end up on one of Smith’s posters. The moment reminded me of the first time Dikembe Mutombo blocked a young Shaq and gave him the finger wag. I’m not sure if there’s an official count on how many times Deke ended up getting dunked on by the Diesel throughout his career but I know the four-time Defensive Player of the Year took more facials than Allie Haze.
After the game, a smiling Green was asked about the dunk attempt and said, “That shit ain’t happening. This ain’t summer league bro. Not just gonna dunk on nobody. Better luck next time” before reiterating it’s NEVER going to happen (because we have only seen Green end up on a bunch of poster made by a bunch of guys — like Steven Adams — with much smaller verts than Smith).
When told of Green’s comments, the 48-inch vert possessor had the following to say:
Via Tim Cato
Smith on Draymond talking shit after a foul
“I don’t know what he was talking about. You can’t say nothing if you foul me.
Did you talk shit back to show you wouldn’t back down?
Yeah, but i’m not doing it just to let people know that I’m not backing down. I just don’t back down for nobody. That’s just how I am. All that extra stuff, I don’t really dabble in that. I do what I have to do. I handle my business. That’s about it. I just myself accordingly.
Do you feel like he was trying to test you?
Like I said, I don’t know what he was trying to do. I was laughing. It was funny. That’s probably a question for him. I don’t know what he was aiming for.
Do you think guys are targeting you because you have a reputation as dunker?
Nah. I mean, ain’t nobody really meeting me atthe rim and blocking me. They’ll probably meet me under the rim trying to shoot a quick layup or something, but other than that, ain’t nobody meeting me at the rim yet. I’m sure it’ll happen soon. That’s just the nature of the game. But so far ain’t nobody been making that a priority.
That’s the Smith we love and have been recording since his “wood-slinging” high school days.
Obviously I can’t say Green will ever end up getting dunked on by Smith but I’m willing to bet my Draymond Green autograph (and almost any other card I own) if the two meet in the air again, and Green doesn’t end up fouling, Green’s going to end up on a poster I’m going to ask Smith to sign.