Michigan basketball fans fondly remember how fiery Moritz Wagner was for the Wolverines, a major catalyst during their sometimes magical run to the National Championship Game.
“Moe” is now a Los Angeles Laker earning his stripes, and he gained a lot of attention and respect from peers and pundits during the Lakers tilt against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday Night.
On a play in the second quarter, a long pass to a streaking Wagner down the court led to a chance for Moe to have a pretty easy layup. Not so fast, said Warrior and former Michigan State forward Draymond Green. Wagner was able to muscle the attempt for a made shot and earned a shot at the foul-line after Green’s foul.
What happened next showed Wagner isn’t going to be bullied around in the NBA by seasoned vets like Green.
Moe Wagner was hyped pic.twitter.com/g5YHAI9Jlm— ESPN (@espn) February 3, 2019
After the whistle was blown, Green’s hands were still all over Wagner and Moe gave Draymond a brisk shake and bake move that was the equivalent of saying “get your hands off me!”, followed by some yelling and shouting by Wagner. It’s clear Wagner was fired up and there’s no love lost in the Michigan State-Michigan rivalry, even when alumni wear professional uniforms.
Wagner finished the game with 7 points and 3 rebounds in 11 minutes of action.