JJ Redick found himself engaged in a heated exchange with Chris "Mad Dog" Russo on ESPN's FIrst Take. The conversation centered on Draymond Green and the recent controversy surrounding his ejection from Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Memphis Grizzlies.
During the segment, Russo suggested that he, like many Americans, are "sick" of Draymond Green and his antics. Russo said he'd prefer for Green to "shut up and play," which triggered Redick and elicited a sharp-tongued response from the former NBA sharpshooter.
“He’s so hard to root for,” Russo remarked. “Shut up and play. Will you please? America’s tired of Draymond Green. I deal with him constantly. Be quiet and play. We all know he has a great skill set for that team. I understand how good he is. I can’t root for him.”
“That has the same sort of connotations as the ‘Shut up and dribble’ crowd has toward athletes,” said Redick. “I have a problem with that. And specifically with Draymond, the idea that America is tired of him. You do realize that the man has a very popular podcast that he hosts and talks for the majority of the episode. People listen to that. He signed a talent deal with Turner because people want to hear what he has to say, because he’s real, authentic and unfiltered.”