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Draymond Green heralds the Warriors’ fourth NBA title

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The Golden State Warriors are back at the top of the NBA and star forward Draymond Green has learned absolutely nothing through all the ups and downs.

That was Green’s message during his first post-game interview on Thursday night, June 16, after the Dubs defeated the Boston Celtics 103-90 to capture their fourth championship title in just eight years.

Avid Warriors fans listening live had to laugh at the brash and unbridled emotional leader of what is now undeniably a Golden State dynasty as his demeanor and willingness to challenge all competitors, all teammates and himself in the Haven’t changed a bit over the past decade – win or lose.

“I haven’t learned anything about myself. I knew I was resilient. Maybe they thought otherwise, but no one gave me that,” Green said while holding his daughter in his arms. “I had to work every second of my life to get to this point. So I didn’t learn much, but I’m a four-time champion with my brothers.”

“Welcome back to the Warriors’ invite baby, that’s what we do,” Green continued. “Welcome back.”

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Green was aroused by media and Celtics fans alike for several underperforming performances in the pre-Game 6 NBA Finals.

Green’s struggles became so intense that head coach Steve Kerr ripped Green out of Game 4 in Boston for a crucial four-minute stretch, then replaced him on offense at every available opportunity in the final minutes of that contest.

But Green emerged in that game’s biggest game and moments Thursday night when he put up a streak of 12 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two blocks, according to ESPN.

Anthony Slater of The Athletic described Green’s performance as an “all-timer” on Twitter as the end of the competition neared.

“This ranks as one of Draymond Green’s all-timers considering matchup/moment. Sitting at 12 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks. Slater wrote. “Defensive everywhere. Three contemporary jumpers. Control of the game late. Kerr just had to take some time off to come [Steph] Curry a breather.”

Green was asked what it meant to have that performance in front of the Boston crowd to put an exclamation mark on the fourth championship ring of his career.

“That means a lot. That fanbase gave me inspiration difficult Time, a really tough time, and to come here and win is great,” said Green. “I appreciate this fanbase. They brought incredible energy. I have to give them credit. But we did what we do.”

Steph Curry picked up the first NBA Finals MVP of his career on his sixth attempt of the series, but Green hinted that it was Klay Thompson who was the missing piece in the last two seasons that Golden State has struggled mightily. The team finished dead last in the NBA in 2019-20 and was eliminated from the postseason by the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2020-21 league play-in tournament.

“You’ve seen what he’s been through in the last two years. It’s no surprise that we were bad when he was out,” Green said.

“For him to fight back, come back on January 9, all the talk, ‘He can’t move, he’s washed, he’s this, he’s that.’ My brother is a champion. That guy over there, Klay, he doesn’t lose. And for that we needed him back. And he’s back. We are back. It’s a beautiful thing.”

Steph Curry picked up the first NBA Finals MVP of his career on his sixth attempt of the series, but Green hinted that it was Klay Thompson who was the missing piece in the last two seasons that Golden State has struggled mightily. The team finished dead last in the NBA in 2019-20 and was eliminated from the postseason by the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2020-21 league play-in tournament.



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