Draymond Green Says He Was Ready to Bash Two Cavs Players After Winning Championship

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After winning an NBA championship on Monday night, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green was actually able to practice some self-restraint in his postgame remarks, letting go of some animosity that had developed during the team’s five-game series with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In remarks to the media, he singled out Cavaliers veterans Richard Jefferson and J.R. Smith, as well as any doubters that were originally going to be targets of his criticism before he decided to practice a more mature outlook.

“I wrote down this stuff like, man, I’m gonna say this, I’m gonna say that,” Green said. “I was going to bash everybody who talked junk. I felt that R.J. (Jefferson) was talking junk the whole series, then the media.

“J.R. said some things. I’m like, ‘I’m gonna bash everybody,’ and then, like, nah that’s a championship team. They stepped up the whole season, they were great and you gotta give those guys a lot of credit.”

The meeting between the two teams marked the first time in NBA history that the same two teams faced each other in three consecutive Finals. One player that Green didn’t mention, LeBron James, also became the first player ever in NBA Finals history to average a triple-double in a series.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.