Draymond Green had the last laugh when it came to his legacy as well as his podcast.
After the Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 6 to win the NBA Finals—the team’s fourth title in seven years—Green didn’t wait to record his hotel room podcast, which he did throughout the series. .
No, he posted to the NBA Finals press room to record his podcast.
The last episode had a complex cast, unsurprisingly, with some Warriors stars. Green opened up to Clay Thompson and Andre Iguodala before chatting with Gary Peyton II.
Green received a lot of heat during the finals due to his post-game podcast, with some claiming that he was more focused on that than the actual games. The reporter even asked Green after game 3 if he gave away trade secrets when he posted episodes the day after the Celtics games, which Green denied.
But green kept his promise to keep recording his podcast and said he would continue to produce episodes of “win, lose, tie, raise a trophy, put a ring on your finger, whatever”.
It also helped that Green produced his best game of the series, defeating the Warriors 103–90. Green finished with a series-high 12 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two blocks. He even hit two three-pointers.
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Green urges haters, explains ‘new media’
This wouldn’t be a green podcast without trash talk.
Green first turned to ESPN, which he says gave the Warriors a 20 percent chance of winning the NBA Finals.
“Who makes these things? What is their occupational safety? Because you’re lying to people. Anyone prosecuted these days? Are you out of your mind? Do you know who you’re dealing with? us. Thinking us like this is crazy to me. Where do you get these numbers from?
He then targeted Fox Sports analyst Nick Wright, not only for saying that Steph Curry would never reach the final again and for criticizing the Andrew Wiggins trade, but also for beingor plop down on his original take.
“Tell us why you think so. Tell us why you’ve been yapping and yapping all this show and then all of a sudden you want to switch to Dubs. Tell us why. Because it’s about your basketball knowledge.”
This led Green to his latest “new media” monologue, which he says is based on respect, honesty, and staying true to your words. Green noted that “new media” isn’t just content-creating athletes, because some just “begin to act like old media as soon as they become media.”
New Media: A) We stand by our word. We do not apologize for our word. not trying to create controversy.
“I’m not trying to team up with a guy or two so I can fill up a few TV slots daily and create controversy. Basketball is a beautiful game. If you know the game of basketball, basketball will give you enough to talk about it. .The problem is that all these people are talking about basketball who don’t know anything about basketball. And what are you doing? You are chasing controversy. New media, we don’t do that. That’s why you see JJ Reddick prosper. That’s why you see the prosperity of CJ McCollum. That’s why you see me flourish. Because we don’t. We’re just talking about the game we know. And we accept it. We train. That’s what these videos are about.
“We give flowers when there should be flowers. We don’t have to try to make a guy for a week to break him next week, so I have a lot to talk about. These are new media. Respect. Honesty.
“You have fools like Kendrick Perkins dressing up like a clown. You show up here in a prison suit and then you leave the game early tonight. Keep your word brother. stand on mine.”
Apologies from Perkins and Wright
Two of those whom Green mentioned by name did offer some kind of apology after defeating the Warriors. Former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins, one of the first to criticize Green’s performance and podcasting offered a quick apology.
Nick Wright added that the first Finals MVP and Curry’s fourth ring “eliminate every possible yes, but” from Steph’s resume.
Pelicans defenseman CJ McCollum, who told Green before Game 4 that the Celtics would win the Finals, even joked that he should apologize.