For a man who says that he doesn’t care what individuals take into consideration him, Draymond Inexperienced certain spends quite a lot of time attempting to craft an concept of how individuals ought to view him and pushing again on their potential to share their very own opinions.
The Golden State Warriors ahead has been on the forefront of the “new media” motion that many former NBA gamers have claimed in latest months. As they’d describe it, it’s a method for individuals who truly play the sport to be thought leaders in regards to the state of the game, as a substitute of permitting Stephen A. Smith, Skip Bayless, and beat reporters who by no means performed within the NBA to dictate the day by day discussions.
On paper, that sounds worthwhile. In actuality, it principally consisted of quite a lot of complaining and straw-man arguments about what sports activities followers care about. Their thesis appeared to work underneath the belief that Fox Sports activities and ESPN audiences assume individuals like Smith and Bayless are consultants, which solely strengthened the notion that they utterly misunderstand the sports activities media panorama (or are willfully ignorant about it whereas additionally showing on First Take and applications prefer it).
Whereas present and former gamers like JJ Redick, CJ McCollum, Richard Jefferson, Patrick Beverly, and Kevin Durant have helped unfold the “new media” gospel, nobody has run with it greater than Inexperienced. He revels in lecturing media on reviews he doesn’t like, pushes again on any questions on his extracurricular actions, and hates being known as a member of the media.
In the meantime, he hosts a podcast in Colin Cowherd’s community even though Cowherd has stated loads of issues that Inexperienced routinely bashes different media members for, thought of a task on First Take, signed a take care of Turner for Contained in the NBA appearances and different tasks, buddies up with the “outdated media” people that he bashes, and took half in a documentary particular from Faith of Sports activities and Amazon Studios.
How rather more media member are you able to get? None. None extra media member.
The pièce de résistance got here this week with the debut of an “all-access” The Countdown sequence on Inexperienced (in partnership along with his 23 Inexperienced firm and with Peyton Manning‘s Omaha Productions) with the premiere episode masking Inexperienced’s reactions to media protection of his punch of Jordan Poole.
Draymond Inexperienced: “i dont care what individuals take into consideration me”
Additionally Draymond Inexperienced: “right here’s a complete expensively produced, nicely thought out docuseries geared toward shaping individuals’s opinions on me” https://t.co/chWU5G0L1w
— pasty prospects (@connor_wilkins) October 19, 2022
What’s wild about this Doc is Draymond himself spoke about how a lot the incident has embarrassed Poole and Poole’s household. And is now making content material round it. https://t.co/16y8xV62Cs
— Black Massive Lebowski (@LaJethroJenkins) October 18, 2022
That’s a web page proper out of the oldest of outdated media “put it aside for the guide” methods.
All of which takes us to Thursday’s TechCrunch Disrupt 2022, an eye-rollingly named convention for “tastemakers” and “disrupters.” Inexperienced appeared to debate the “new media” and his many, many media ventures. In true “disrupter” vogue, Inexperienced seems to have truthfully satisfied himself that he’s doing one thing new and distinctive and never, actually, simply reinventing the wheel.
— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) October 20, 2022
“Me doing a podcast could be very disruptive to the sports activities media business,” Inexperienced stated on Thursday. “You’re listening to me discuss this sport in a completely completely different context than you’ll hear anybody within the media discuss. Why? As a result of I truly simply performed that sport. So my perspective is completely completely different. And in doing a podcast, the media is just not capable of create the narrative that they wish to create. There was quite a lot of pushback. For these pundits that had an issue with me doing the podcast, I ponder what they’ll say this yr as a result of I truly gained an NBA last doing it, so it couldn’t have been a lot of a distraction.”
We haven’t checked however we’re guessing Inexperienced’s ongoing sense that his podcast is inflicting “quite a lot of pushback” and represents “an issue” relies on being requested about it two or 3 times.
Inexperienced additionally addressed the leaked video of him punching Poole and its fallout.
“I watched that video 15 or 16 occasions all through the day,” Inexperienced stated. “I stored placing myself by it as a result of after I watched it, I couldn’t fairly perceive it. The video is six seconds. Simply me strolling up. No sound or something, nothing main as much as it or something. And so I’m watching the video, and I’m like: ‘man, that is unhealthy.’”
Per TechCrunch, Inexperienced added that he recorded a podcast episode in regards to the incident however didn’t launch it as a result of the “didn’t need it to look like he was solely addressing the scenario for private acquire.”
Guess this doesn’t rely for private acquire then?
Lastly, Inexperienced addressed social media and, like so many outspoken and highly effective individuals within the tech world, appeared to have a want for censorship and management over others’ potential to share their very own opinions.
“We stay in a day and age of social media and it’s nice,” Inexperienced stated. “However it’s not at all times censored. So that you’re subjected to everybody’s opinion, and I don’t know if that’s at all times the very best factor. You’re type of able on Twitter or Instagram the place everybody looks like they will say no matter it’s that they wish to say.”
Once more, for a man who says (lots) that he doesn’t care what individuals take into consideration him, in actuality, he seems to be consumed by it. And it’s a slippery slope from “I must be allowed to say no matter I would like” to “I don’t assume others must be allowed to say no matter they need,” and it doesn’t seem that Inexperienced realizes that.[TechCrunch]