Draymond Green Sends Prayers to Dan Gilbert and His Family After Tragic News

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Despite his image as a villain in the eyes of Cleveland Cavaliers fans, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green showed he had a sensitive side on Monday by sending his best wishes to ailing Cavs majority owner Dan Gilbert.

The 57-year-old Gilbert remains hospitalized after suffering stroke-like symptoms on Sunday morning. At present, no further updates have been issued by either his family or his main business, Quicken Loans.

Sharing a bond as one-time students at Michigan State University, Gilbert and Green were on opposite sides during the four memorable years in which the Cavaliers and Warriors competed in the NBA Finals.

It was during the 2016 finals that Green’s suspension for Game 5 helped spark the Cavs to a historic comeback, becoming the first NBA team ever to win a championship after trailing three games to one in the finals.

Green and his Golden State teammates are again in the finals, with this year’s opponent being the Toronto Raptors. In the three previous years, it was the Cavaliers who had knocked the Raptors out of the playoffs, the last two coming in four-game sweeps.

The best-of-7 series between the Raptors and Warriors gets underway on Thursday night in Toronto.

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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.