Why ESPN's Sarah Spain likes Draymond Green, but not James Harden

Dalton Johnson
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Why ESPN's Spain likes watching Draymond, but not Harden originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

There's nothing gray about Draymond Green. It's all black and white. You either love him or you hate him. 

ESPN's Sarah Spain falls on the side of those who love watching the Warriors' do-it-all forward. 

"I've actually always liked Draymond, and it's tough to put into words," Span told NBC Sports Bay Area's Grant Liffmann on the latest "Dubs Talk" podcast. "My co-hosts are always confused, because I'm like, 'It's just vibes, man.' I know that he does some bad stuff with other people's genitals, and I know that he's not always the guy that is handling himself perfectly.

"But for whatever reason, because I'm a lunatic and competitive human being, I'm much more likely to like somebody who's a little bit too into it, wants it too bad, gets caught up in the moment, than I am with somebody who doesn't try, or who doesn't seem like they care enough."

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Green was suspended for Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals after the league issued him a flagrant foul for making "unnecessary contact with a retaliatory swipe of his hand to the groin" of LeBron James when LeBron stepped over Draymond during Game 4. The Cleveland Cavaliers wound up coming back and from a three-games-to-one deficit to beat the Warriors in seven games. 

There's no doubt, however, Green was key to the Warriors winning three championships in five seasons, reaching the Finals in each of those five years. He's Golden State's emotional leader, the engine that makes them go. 

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For Spain, she would much rather watch a competitor like Green compared to a certain superstar who plays for the Houston Rockets.

"You used James Harden, I'm not a big James Harden fan," Spain said. "He's a tremendous player. Everyone says how much he loves basketball. I think he loves the game, I don't think he loves winning because if he did I think his habits would be different. The way he respects his teammates would be different.

" ... [I don't like making] excuses for guys like that who I don't think are being professional in the way that they approach this thing that's their legacy forever and what they devote their time and everybody else's time to. That bothers me a lot more than somebody like Draymond, who gets a little hot-headed."

Draymond and Harden's styles of play are on opposite sides of the spectrum. Spain clearly has a favorite way when it comes to the two, and it's not The Beard. 

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Golden State
+333+9.5O 225.5
LA Lakers
-455-9.5U 225.5