Draymond Green knows all too well the piercing screech of a referee’s whistle and hands quickly forming a T. He’s perennially in the top 10 in technical fouls called, and twice in the last five seasons has committed more of them than any other player.
Each tech he draws comes with a $2,000 fine. Factoring in his other infractions, from verbal blasts toward refs and even a tampering charge, Green was fined $200,000 over the previous two years by the league’s front office.
“I’ve been fined so many times, it doesn’t bother me one bit at this point,” said Green, whose fines the past two seasons were equal to about eight-tenths of one percent of his $25 million average annual salary.
“I’ll never forget Richard Jefferson told me my rookie year — I was making, I was probably making $800,000, and in California you probably lose about 60 percent of that, and I would get frustrated with every tech, and I’ll never forget Richard Jefferson telling me, ‘Hey, don’t worry about those, you’re going to get a lot more techs in your career,’” Green said. “‘But, if you use it the right way, those techs will make you a lot more money (come contract time).’ And they have. So, since then, it’s not really something that I’m worried about, because in the grand scheme of things, it’s helped me.”
While the actual fines don’t bother Green, there is something about the process that eats at him. Neither he nor many of his NBA colleagues seem to know what happens once the money leaves their possession.
“We’ve never heard a single thing about it,” he said. “For years we’ve all been told, ‘Yeah, the fine money goes to charity,’ but we don’t hear anything about these charities, we don’t have any say so about these charities. Nor do you ever hear, ‘Oh your fine money went to said charity.’ Maybe that is an opportunity to build a relationship with said charity?
“Honestly, in my opinion it’s just this phantom thing that we’ve heard for years. We’ve never seen the benefits of where this fine money actually goes.”