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

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

Plastered all over the screen in green with white font, it read: “Fans engaging in any disruptive behavior such as: fighting, throwing objects, attempting to enter the field or interrupting play, USE LANGUAGE IMPROPER OR OFFENSIVE or gestures are subject to ejection, banning and possible arrest.

After the Golden State Warriors finished a crucial win from behind in an obscenity-filled Boston atmosphere in Game 4 to tie the series, the treatment Celtics fans displayed towards Draymond Green was still fresh in mind. players.

A fiery Klay Thompson walked into the locker room and was greeted by staff members. As he walked in and gave high fives, he shouted, “Stupid fans talking about all this stuff.”

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

Inside the locker room, sources told Yahoo Sports, a few players joked, “So much to enforce [the] code of conduct.”

Sources said some players even spoke about how NBA commissioner Adam Silver praised the behavior of Celtics fans when asked about the obscenities directed at Green, saying: “I love it. energy that Boston fans bring to the game.”

“I want the fans to have fun,” said Silver. WCVB’s Peter Eliopoulos. “Of course from the league office you want this to be done with respect for all participants, but I understand.”

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)

This decisive victory for the Warriors in Game 4 turned the series upside down, and the Celtics and their fans never recovered from the collapse. Golden State ended a three-game winning streak Thursday night to claim its fourth championship in eight years.

The Warriors players celebrated in the locker room and amidst the heckling they started reciting a familiar chant: “F*** you, Draymond. Fuck you, Draymond.

Green had yet to join his teammates in the locker room when the chants came on, illustrating how offended his team was at the way he was treated.

The former Defensive Player of the Year was a force on both sides of the ball in Game 6 103-90, earning 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 were outplayed from there and the crowd was completely taken out of the game except for a few premature second-half mini-runs.

There wasn’t really any “fuck you, Draymond” that night.

“Game 3, it just caught me off guard,” Green said of the vocals. “Like you’ve heard crowds booing, and I’ve never heard a whole crowd shout ‘fuck you, Draymond.’ That was another thing. And then you put that together with an average game, and it’s like, ah, man. … For me, I said what better time than to put it together tonight. I don’t think heard ‘f*** you, Draymond’ all night. They couldn’t. So, you know, it’s easy to chant “f*** you” when someone has a bad game, but can’t “You don’t do it when they have a good game? I didn’t hear much about it tonight. Maybe I was just locked up.”

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

“I think he handled it very well and handled [it] better than most people, but it still affected him. It affected him a lot,” Babers told Yahoo Sports. “I think he had lost his confidence a bit. As an athlete you never really experience that. Of course you have five to seven enemies in the gym against 20,000. But the way which he bounced back from was amazing. I told him to cut it all out and he did. You know they say revenge is best served cold. He responded like a true champion.

After the champagne-spraying celebration in the locker room, the players ventured into multiple television interviews with various networks on the pitch.

Stephen Curry, the new Finals MVP, was in high demand as usual. He had many stops to make before his evening was over. Each network had to be patient on their rounds.

But the networks weren’t the only ones waiting.

Former United States President Barack Obama called to congratulate Curry, but the sniper was still being interviewed and could not reach the phone.

The two ended up connecting.

Green, Curry, Thompson and head coach Steve Kerr are the core responsible for building this dynasty. The way each has supported each other 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 at TD Garden in Boston on 16 June 2022. (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 at TD Garden in Boston on 16 June 2022. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

From Thompson’s grueling two-year hiatus, to Curry’s injuries over the past few years, to the organization’s downfall and their brother Green’s defense in Boston, this is a model franchise that will go down as the one that has wrote and developed a game-changing game. heart.

Green is often ridiculed for his outspokenness and it’s one of the only reasons Celtics fans have given him a nod.

But Green had the final say, and it was the most impactful statement yet.

“It still hasn’t been proven that when we’re whole no one can stop it,” he said.

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