Golden State Warriors’ ahead Draymond Inexperienced has drawn plenty of consideration for his “new media” feedback about athletes presenting their very own narratives. Lots of these “new media” efforts are finished in partnership with established media firms and/or personalities, although, corresponding to Inexperienced’s podcast with Colin Cowherd‘s The Quantity. And along with that podcast, Inexperienced can also be a contributor to Warner Bros. Discovery Sports activities (previously Turner)’s NBA protection, signing on with them regularly in January following years of (typically controversial) visitor appearances.
Inexperienced‘s WBD deal bought specific consideration on TNT’s opening night time NBA protection Tuesday. There, they debuted an “all-access” The Countdown collection on Inexperienced (in partnership together with his 23 Inexperienced firm and with Peyton Manning‘s Omaha Productions). And the premiere of that collection lined Inexperienced’s reactions to media protection of his punch of Jordan Poole in observe and his eventual effective from the staff. Right here’s how WBD introduced that Tuesday:
WBD Sports activities, Omaha Productions and Inexperienced 23 will debut a brand new all-access collection, The Countdown, throughout pregame tonight.
The premiere will characteristic Draymond Inexperienced’s journey all through the preseason, together with Inexperienced’s response to his observe altercation and return to the Warriors. pic.twitter.com/ZO7clVQpnS
— Warner Bros. Discovery Sports activities U.S. PR (@WBDSportsPR) October 18, 2022
And right here’s half of the particular phase that aired:
Each the existence of The Countdown and Inexperienced’s particular remarks right here have drawn plenty of remark. Right here’s a few of that:
Draymond Inexperienced: “i dont care what individuals take into consideration me”
Additionally Draymond Inexperienced: “right here’s a whole expensively produced, effectively thought out docuseries aimed toward shaping individuals’s opinions on me” https://t.co/chWU5G0L1w
— pasty potentialities (@connor_wilkins) October 19, 2022
a draymond inexperienced manufacturing directed by draymond inexperienced in an adaptation of a novel by draymond inexperienced
the countdown: the draymond inexperienced story
starring draymond inexperienced https://t.co/NMRsLuKEpE
— string (@propjoesays) October 18, 2022
Zach Lowe mentioned on his pod plenty of Warriors officers strongly urged Dray to not pod in regards to the incident so this in all probability not going over effectively https://t.co/BZ60PNCbD8
— D.O.C (@darwinchvz320) October 18, 2022
They made a Final Dance for a dude slugging his personal teammate within the face??? https://t.co/p6dYaXHuFQ
— lukezim (@lukezim) October 18, 2022
in all the pleasure of the NBA being again i can’t imagine i virtually missed draymond making his personal 30 for 30 about punching his teammate 1 week in the past ??? https://t.co/JrP99d6zSX
— Molly Morrison (@mollyhannahm) 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 Huge Lebowski (@LaJethroJenkins) October 18, 2022
When life offers you lemons, make content material. AK https://t.co/54jUMb8fWH
— Kamenetzky Brothers (@KamBrothers) October 19, 2022
As Zach Harper noted, Inexperienced’s feedback right here don’t actually align with what he beforehand mentioned at his press convention about watching the video 15 instances, the place he mentioned “Watching the video, this appears terrible, this appears even worse than I believed it was.”
And Inexperienced’s wardrobe forward of the Warriors’ sport towards the Lakers was additionally an fascinating selection, with many evaluating him to Batman villain The Riddler:
Draymond concurrently appears just like the Riddler and The Temptations pic.twitter.com/268BspQFL3
— Jasmine (@JasmineLWatkins) October 19, 2022
Draymond with sufficient Riddler vitality to energy the solar https://t.co/VuWFaVK9Vf
— Mike Golic Jr (@mikegolicjr) October 19, 2022
Draymond auditioning to be the Riddler pic.twitter.com/r39Yphc52N
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) October 19, 2022
Dude punched his teammate, made a doc about it and confirmed as much as get his ring dressed because the riddler
Draymond last profession arc ?
— Zach Schwartz (@zachzachzach) October 19, 2022
It appears unlikely this collection absolutely got here collectively within the aftermath of Inexperienced’s punch of Poole. Inexperienced’s January Turner deal talked about “Inexperienced making appearances on TNT’s Contained in the NBA, amongst further content material initiatives all through the Turner Sports activities and Bleacher Report portfolio,” and it appears doubtless this The Countdown was envisioned as a part of that. We don’t know that for positive, although, provided that this collection doesn’t seem to have been formally introduced forward of Tuesday.
However The Countdown fits with Inexperienced’s wider makes an attempt to take his message to the general public extra instantly (albeit via established media firms). And given WBD’s earlier spotlighting of Inexperienced on their NBA protection, they actually would have had curiosity in an all-access collection on him earlier than the Poole punch. So it appears affordable to presume that this was at the very least within the works earlier than the Poole incident. However the choice to start out this now and begin it with an episode together with commentary on Inexperienced’s punch of Poole is one that may be debated.
There have been at the very least 4 potential choices for WBD within the wake of Inexperienced’s punch of Poole (who, for his half, has been very quiet about this, principally simply expressing hope to maneuver on). One would have been to chop ties with Inexperienced totally. One other would have been to place the debut of this collection off for at the very least per week, if not indefinitely (which might have been simpler than with anticipated collection, contemplating the way it wasn’t formally introduced). A 3rd would have been to go forward with this, however not talk about the Poole punch, equally to how Inexperienced’s solely podcast for the reason that incident and his look on The Store have gone (these have been recorded forward of the punch, although, whereas this wouldn’t have had that excuse). The fourth was what they selected, leaning into this and presenting Inexperienced’s commentary on it.
All of these choices have professionals and cons. Dealing with this the way in which WBD did maximizes curiosity in it, however attracts criticism (as proven above) for capitalizing on Inexperienced’s punch of a teammate. However the “Inexperienced is cashing in on this” argument is barely considerably right; if the collection was in actual fact commissioned earlier than the punch, Inexperienced is cashing in on this being a part of his total WBD deal, not from them particularly paying for content material on the punch. And the choice to incorporate that content material and begin this collection now could be extra on WBD/Omaha than him.
The opposite choices have their very own pitfalls as effectively. A primary The Countdown episode Tuesday with out something on the punch would have been bashed for ducking the controversy. Holding off on the collection for at the very least per week or extra may need let the punch state of affairs cool off a bit of, and drawn much less criticism for not overlaying the punch, but it surely additionally would have drawn much less consideration and engagement. And whereas WBD parting methods with Inexperienced totally within the wake of this punch would have been praised by some, it could doubtless have been bashed by others, together with Inexperienced.(It’s additionally unclear what the monetary impression there could be; it could rely upon the specifics of any termination clauses in that contract.) So there wasn’t a straightforward route for WBD to take. However the one they selected might have maximized engagement, but it surely additionally maximized criticism.[NBA on TNT on YouTube]