Draymond Green’s WWE-style antics bring entertainment to the NBA

The professional wrestling industry has understood the need for a hero and a heel to sell a story, making the action appeal to a wide audience. In team sports, the heel player is typically automatically antagonized, as fans root for their own team against all others. However, certain heel players, such as Draymond Green, transcend simply competing in a different jersey. Green’s antics, such as groin kicking and choking opponents, have been of concern, although his aggressive behavior adds value and intrigue to the NBA product. Despite the hefty penalties he incurs for his aggressive behavior, Green remains a captivating and essential figure in the NBA, contributing to the league’s entertainment factor. While his actions may be objectionable, the NBA would be less appealing without them, demonstrating the necessity of both hero and heel figures in the sport.