How Warriors rallied around Draymond Green amid vulgar chants to capture 4th NBA title

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How Warriors rallied around Draymond Green amid vulgar chants to capture 4th NBA title

BOSTON — A code of conduct message was briefly displayed on the jumbotron a few times per game at TD Garden during the NBA Finals. And at least once a night, the PA announcer would read the message to fans.

Pasted full-screen in green with white lettering, it read, “Fans engaging in disruptive behavior such as , ban and possible arrest.”

After the Golden State Warriors ended a crucial come-from-behind win in an obscene atmosphere in Boston to level the streak in Game 4, the Celtics fans’ treatment of Draymond Green was fresh in the players’ minds.

A cheered Klay Thompson walked to the locker room and was greeted by staff. As he walked in and gave high fives, he yelled, “Stupid ass fans talking all that shit.”

Players were angry at the “F*** you, Draymond” chants that began flooding TD Garden in Game 3, and this behavior continued into Game 4.

In the dressing room, sources told Yahoo Sports some players quipped: “So much for enforcement [the] Code of Conduct.”

Sources said it was even touched upon among some players how NBA Commissioner Adam Silver praised the behavior of Celtics fans when asked about the profanity leveled at Green, saying, “I love the energy, the Boston fans bring into play.”

“I want the fans to enjoy themselves,” said Silver WCVB’s Peter Eliopoulos. “Of course you want the league office to do it with respect for all participants, but I get it.”

Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green celebrates during Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals at TD Garden in Boston on June 16, 2022. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The Warriors’ pivotal Game 4 win turned the streak on its head, and the Celtics and their fanbase never recovered from the collapse. Golden State ended a three-game winning streak Thursday night to win its fourth championship in eight years.

Warriors players celebrated in the dressing room, and amidst the commotion, they began reciting a familiar chant: “F*** you, Draymond. Fuck you, Draymond.”

Green had yet to join his teammates in the dressing room at the time of the chants, showing how much his team took offense at the way he was being treated.

The former Defensive Player of the Year was a strong force on both sides of the ball with 103-90 in Game 6 to secure the win. He produced 12 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, two steals, two blocks and was 2-of-5 from beyond the arc.

Boston took a 14-2 lead, but was then overplayed and the crowd was completely taken out of the game, save for a couple of premature mini-runs in the second half.

There wasn’t really a “f*** you, Draymond” that night.

“Game 3, it just took me by surprise,” Green said of the chants. “Like you heard the crowd boo and I’ve never heard a whole crowd yell ‘F*** you, Draymond.’ That was different. And then you combine that with a mediocre game and it’s like, ah, man. … To myself I said what better way than to put it together tonight. I don’t think I heard ‘f*** you, Draymond’ all night. They could not. You know, it’s easy to yell “f*** you” when someone’s having a bad game, but can’t you do that when they’re having a great game? I didn’t hear much about it tonight. Maybe I was just locked in like that.”

One of Green’s harshest critics is his mother, Mary Babers. She saw how her son was handling the chants and she challenged him to find a way to overcome and dominate her.

“I think he handled and handled it very well [it] better than most people, but it still touched him. It hit him hard,” Babers told Yahoo Sports. “I think he had lost a bit of his confidence. As an athlete, you never really experience that. Of course, you get five to seven haters at the gym versus 20,000. But the way he bounced back was amazing. I told him to blank everything and he did. You know they say revenge is a dish best served cold. He reacted like a real champion.”

After the champagne-sprayed dressing room celebration, the players ventured onto the pitch for several television interviews with various channels.

Stephen Curry, the newly crowned Finals MVP, was in high demand as always. He had to make many stops before his night was over. Each network had to be patient as it made its rounds.

But the Nets weren’t the only ones being held.

Former United States President Barack Obama called to congratulate Curry, but the sniper was still being questioned and couldn’t answer the phone.

The two eventually bonded.

Green, Curry, Thompson and head coach Steve Kerr form the core responsible for building this dynasty. The way everyone has had each other’s backs over the years is rarely seen in professional sports.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, guard Klay Thompson and guard Stephen Curry celebrate after defeating the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals to win the NBA Championship on June 16, 2022 at TD Garden in Boston .  (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, guard Klay Thompson and guard Stephen Curry celebrate after defeating the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals to win the NBA Championship on June 16, 2022 at TD Garden in Boston . (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

From Thompson’s grueling two-year hiatus, to Curry’s injuries in recent years, to the organization’s demise and her brother Green’s defense in Boston, it’s an exemplary franchise that will go down in history as one that designed and engineered groundbreaking development Vein.

Green is often ridiculed for how outspoken he is, and that’s one of the only reasons Celtics fans gave him a twisted ear.

But Green had the last word, and it was the most impactful statement yet.

“It’s still not proven that once we’re whole, no one can stop it,” he said.

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