OAKLAND – In the rubble left of the Spurs after a 120-90 loss to the Warriors on Monday night, San Antonio power forward LaMarcus Aldridge made a comment that raised the eyebrows of Warriors forward Draymond Green.
Aldridge said he “was bad,” but also added that he thought he had the advantage over his defender, Green.
“I was eager,” Aldridge said in the visitor’s locker room at Oracle Arena. “I felt like I had a matchup.”
Green, upon getting word of Aldridge’s assessment, acknowledged Tuesday that Aldridge’s words took him by surprise.
“Yeah, it did,” Green said after practice. “But I laughed at it and kept it moving. But, yeah, it definitely surprised me. It’s like, man, no respect.”
Aldridge scored five points. The 6-foot-11, 260-pound veteran missed seven of his nine shots. Some of those misses were not close, and nearly all of them were against the defense of the 6-7, 225-pound Green – who last season finished second in the Defensive Player of the Year voting.
“People still try to go at me,” he said. “But I enjoy it. I’ll continue to enjoy it. And I’ll continue to do what I do.
“But I don’t think people go at me as much as they used to. But I think they think they have a mismatch there. I’ll continue to relish that moment. It’s fun. Real fun.”