The Golden State Warriors were seen as upstarts when they won the NBA title two years ago. They followed that up with a 73-win season and became a juggernaut to be dethroned. Acquiring Kevin Durant this summer completed the transformation to villainy.
It’s a role Draymond Green is very familiar — and comfortable — in. So it’s really no surprise that he’s embracing it with arms wide open.
“The most fun I have in this game is going on another team’s floor and quieting their crowd anyways,” he told media yesterday. “So, boo. Then eventually you’ll shut up. And I’ll laugh.”
If this summer is any indication, opposing fans will have plenty of vitriol for the record-setting superteam. Green, Durant and Klay Thompson were booed at the Staples Center on July 25 while playing for USA Basketball.
“It’s like Jesus Christ,” Green shook his head on Wednesday. “I just don’t understand some people. Even if I hate you and whatever team you play for, if you’re gonna wear a Team USA jersey and represent my country, for one day I can give it up and say, ‘OK, I’m with you for this day.’ They booed us still…More power to those people. They’re angry about something in life. I’m not sure what.”
Green thrives on the haters. These comments may cause opposing crowds to boo just a bit more ferociously. The Warriors will win 65-plus games just by showing up and staying healthy so he probably will do his fair share of laughing.
Self-motivation is a hell of a thing.