Friday, December 2 2022

The NBA wasn’t ready for Draymond Green’s live TV antics as the Warriors cult hero became a complete terminator during 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 in San Francisco on Tuesday morning – and it showed in his live TV interviews.

Tens of thousands of fans took to 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 party continued for the Warriors, who celebrated after their decisive victory over the Celtics in Boston, to close a 4-2 series.

No one seems to enjoy the party as much as Green.

During onstage presentations, he was seen heckling teammate Klay Thompson as the star shooter spoke to fans.

He was even more dangerous with a microphone in his hand.

When given the floor, the emcee said, “Everybody’s 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 are better than everyone? I can do it.”

He ended his brief speech at the microphone by saying, “I just want to say thank you everyone. And as always, f*** everyone”.

He followed it without any shudder in his live television interviews.

On NBA TV, he even checked with broadcasters to see if he was live before continuing to drop bombs.

“If they doubted us, that’s live TV, right? — fuck them,” he said.

He had his own mother throwing bombshells in another TV interview.

“That’s what we do, we win. Winners win,” he said.

“They will never understand it. They will try to quantify it. You all try to earn points, but the winners win. This is what we do.”

The poor interviewer then asked, “Anything else you want to say.”

Green replied, “I said it all. Shut up. That’s what I said. Hi everyone, shut up.

“Do you know what you have to do? Shut up. This is what you must do. We drink Lobos and we tell you all to shut up.

He then held out a bottle of Lobos tequila to the camera just to reinforce his point.

Her mother then intervened when the microphone was placed in front of her.

“I have one thing to say. Shut up,” she said with a chuckle.

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.

“It’s been an amazing year,” Green said. “I told you that no one could stop us from winning a championship. I warned you all.

“I really like this band, and when I say this band, I mean this whole band.

“There were times in the past when we won a championship and everything didn’t need to line up, like we were that good.

“But for it to work, every person here had to be aligned. It’s so special.

The win completed a triumphant return to the top of the sport just two years after the Warriors finished the 2019-20 season with the worst record in basketball.

Warriors talisman Stephen Curry – wearing a gold chain bearing his collection of NBA championship rings – led the festivities as Golden State players showered hordes of fans with champagne in glorious sunshine.

“I had to bring the jewelry back,” Curry said of her ring-laden necklace.

“I don’t watch it during the year. Once in a while, remember we have four!”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr, meanwhile, revealed he’s been inundated with congratulatory messages ranging from fellow NBA coaches such as Gregg Popovich to former President Barack Obama.

“I got a text from President Obama, which was pretty cool. It was pretty special,” Kerr said.

“It’s amazing. When we started the camp I thought we would be good enough, but I didn’t know we could win everything.

“Sitting here enjoying the parade and feeling the love from across the Bay Area is pretty amazing.”

— with AFP


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