The NBA wasn’t ready for Draymond Green’s live TV antics as the Warriors cult hero went all out on his team’s championship parade.
The NBA wasn’t ready for Draymond Green.
The Warriors cult hero felt untouchable during the Warriors’ wild championship parade through San Francisco on Tuesday morning — and it showed in his live TV interviews.
Tens of thousands of fans poured into the streets to greet Golden State with an open-top bus parade as the team celebrated its fourth NBA championship in eight seasons.
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A blizzard of blue and gold confetti blanketed the streets as the celebration continued for the Warriors, who partied hard after their title win against the Celtics in Boston, to close out a 4-2 series.
Nobody seems to enjoy the party as much as Green.
During the onstage presentations, he saw teammate Klay Thompson interrupt as the star shooter spoke to fans.
He was even more dangerous with a microphone in hand.
When he was given the floor, the master of ceremonies said, “Everyone is nervous right now.”
Green replied, “I’m just trying to think of the most controversial thing I can say.
‘I don’t know what you want me to say. That we’re better than everyone else? I can do that.”
He ended his short speech at the microphone stand with the words, “I want to thank you all. And as always, f*** everyone else”.
He followed it with absolutely no chill in his live TV interviews.
On NBA TV, he even checked with broadcasters to see if he was on live air before continuing to drop bombs.
“If they ever doubted us – this is live TV right? – f*** them,” he said.
He dropped bombs on his own mother in another TV interview.
“That’s what we do, we win. The winners win,” he said.
“They’ll never understand. They will try to quantify it. You try to make it all about points, but winners win. That is what we do.”
The poor interviewer then asked, “You want to say something else”.
Green replied, “I’ve said it all. Shut up. I said that. Hey everyone, shut up.
“Do you know what to do? Shut up. That’s what you should do. We drink Lobos and we tell you all to shut up.”
He then held a bottle of Lobos tequila in front of the camera to back up his point.
His mother then agreed as the microphone was placed in front of her.
“I have one thing to say. Shut up,’ she said with a cluck.
He was only serious for a moment as he paid tribute to his teammates and the rest of the staff who made the victory possible.
“This has been a great year,” says Green. “I told you no one could stop us from winning a championship. I warned you all.
“I really like this group, and when I say this group, I mean this whole group.
“There were times in the past when we won a championship and everything didn’t have to line up, like we were just that good.
“But for this to work, everyone here had to be on the same page. It’s just so special.”
The win completed a triumphant return to the pinnacle of the sport, just two years after the Warriors finished the 2019-2020 season with the worst record in basketball.
Warrior talisman Stephen Curry—clad in a gold chain featuring his collection of NBA championship rings—led the festivities as Golden State players showered hordes of fans with champagne in radiant sunshine.
“I had to get the jewelry out again,” Curry said of his ring-laden necklace.
“I don’t look at it during the year. But every now and then you have to remind yourself – we have four!’
Warriors coach Steve Kerr, meanwhile, revealed he was inundated with congratulations, ranging from fellow NBA coaches like Gregg Popovich to former President Barack Obama.
“I got a text from President Obama, which was pretty cool. That was pretty special,” Kerr said.
“This is unbelievable. When we started the camp I thought we would be pretty good, but I didn’t know we could win everything.
“To sit here enjoying the parade and feeling the love of the entire Bay Area is pretty incredible.”
— with AFP
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