Draymond Green on Cavaliers in NBA Finals: 'They didn't stand a chance'

Draymond Green on Cavaliers in NBA Finals: 'They didn't stand a chance'

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Draymond Green on Cavaliers in NBA Finals: 'They didn't stand a chance'

Draymond Green is never one to mince his words.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year is looking to help cement the Warriors’ place in history with another championship this season (and perhaps more in the coming years). When reflecting on the team’s most recent title, he didn’t think there was any reason the Cavaliers would force a Game 5 in the NBA Finals.

Green was profiled by GQ this week, in which he was quoted using a certain expletive 22 times, starting with his take on the series with Cleveland.

“They didn’t stand a (expletive) chance,” he says of the Cavs, who lost in five games. “It pissed me off we didn’t sweep them, though.”

The Warriors didn’t sweep because the Cavs drained an NBA Fnals’ record 24 three-pointers in Game 4 to push the series back to the Bay Area.

“That’d never been done!” Green exclaims. “They don’t come out and hit 24 threes and they’re swept. And that’s the second-best team in the world. It’s pretty (expletive) sick to see how everybody is just in a (expletive) panic about what to do. You sit back and think, like, these (expletive), they know. That’s the fun part about it: They know they don’t stand a chance.”

That’s what Green told GQ’s Clay Skipper in June, days after helping Golden State win its second title in three years vindicating the club’s 3-1 collapse from 2016.

The story later touched on comments from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, who had some interesting thoughts before his team bolstered its slim chances against the Warriors with the addition of Chris Paul.

“They are not unbeatable,” Morey said. “There have been bigger upsets in sports history. We are going to keep improving our roster. We are used to long odds. If Golden State makes the odds longer, we might up our risk profile and get even more aggressive. We have something up our sleeve.”

Green’s reaction:

“What the (expletive) are you talking about?” he said. “They are really trying to rethink their whole strategy”—here he bumps a table repeatedly with his hand for emphasis, getting excited—“because teams know they don’t have a (expletive) clue.”

The profile was filled with brilliant quotes from Golden State’s defensive star, including thoughts on the difficulty of putting together a championship season despite having one of the most talented cores ever assembled.

“Just because you compile a team of superstars don’t mean it’s going to work, because it’s a lot of ego,” says Green. “And we just happen to have a perfect group to where it works. You can’t be that good without ego. But it’s not an ego in the sense of: I need this shot, I need that shot. Ego in the sense of: We’re (expletive) good. Damn right we are.”

The key quote from Green in the story came when he was asked about what continues to drive him.

“Everybody places you on this pedestal just to see you fall, or stomp on you. I’ve been through that before, with coming up from the 35th pick, to where I had come in 2016. And then everybody just stomped on me. But it taught me something that I’ll never forget. I’ve seen so many people placed on this pedestal just to be stomped on: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Shaq, Mike. Yeah, everybody’s saying you’re the best thing ever and you’re expected to be great. But you’re only expected to be great, so you can fall short of that expectation and everybody got something to talk about.

That’s motivation for me. Everybody wants to anoint us as the greatest team ever, or whatever. The Warriors are gonna win the next 5 championships. The (expletive) outta here. It’s so hard to win a championship. And if you win three in a row, and everybody said you were going to win the next five, they’re gonna (expletive) on you.

Skipper’s profile of Green is a must read. You can find it here.

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