Houston Rockets wing Jalen Green could very well end up being the central figure to turn around that sinking ship.
The No. 2 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, Green has showed out during Summer League action and looks to be the part of a franchise cornerstone.
Even then, the former Ignite player in the NBA G-League is seemingly still unhappy that he didn’t go No. 1 overall. Less than a month after the Detroit Pistons selected Cade Cunningham with the first pick, Jalen Green is putting the city on blast. It’s something to behold.
“I wanted to be the No. 1 pick, but as for the location, I didn’t want to be in Detroit,” Green told Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports. “I felt a lot more comfortable in Houston. It felt like a real homey environment. With Detroit, it felt like I was just going back to the G League bubble, and I just got out of the bubble. That’s pretty much what it was.”
Ouch. Talk about an unwarranted shot as one of the biggest cities in the United States. Green legit just compared it to the bubble atmosphere in Orlando that hosted the G-League season. Insane stuff right there.
Reactions to Jalen Green taking pot shot at the city of Detroit
Obviously, those who read Haynes’ extensive piece on the Fresno native had their reactions to what Green said.
Jalen Green expands on comments about Detroit
“In the [G League] bubble, I didn’t really have anything to do but just stay in the gym. I didn’t have any time to get away for myself. The only time I had to get away for myself was in my apartment. That’s what it felt like in Detroit. I wouldn’t be stepping outside in Detroit,” the wing told Haynes. “There are not many things you can do in Detroit like that. You’re going to stay in the gym and then go back to your apartment.”
We’re not 100% sure what to make of these comments. Green had previously said it would be an honor to play for the Pistons in Detroit. Obviously, he still has some bitter feelings over the organization taking Cunningham No. 1.
Even then, there’s a certain level of immaturity that comes with these comments. First off, there’s plenty to do in the city of Detroit and its surrounding areas — pretty much like every metropolitan region in the United States. Secondly, pissing off one fan base for no apparent reason makes little sense for the teenager.