Warriors’ Draymond Green mocks Cavaliers with T-shirt ... but LeBron James fires back
NBA stars trade barbs on social media after Green’s stunt at Warriors’ championship parade
The NBA Finals may be over but the rivalry between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers shows no signs of slowing down.
At the Warriors’ NBA championship victory parade on Thursday, forward Draymond Green appeared to take a shot or two at the Cavs.
Green turned up to the celebrations in Oakland, California, wearing a T-shirt that read, “Quickie,” with the “Q’’ styled to mimic the logo of owner Dan Gilbert’s company Quicken Loans – the sponsor of the Cavaliers’ arena, which is referred to as The Q.
“We got them out of here quick with the trophy,” Green told NBC Bay Area, as he explained the design of the shirt.
Draymond breaking down what the quickie means on his t shirt. The guy is ruthless and petty. All in fun & jokes pic.twitter.com/QvU6hPqY30
— Steve & Steven (UNE) (@UrbanNoize) June 16, 2017
The Warriors defeated LeBron James and the Cavaliers 4-1 in the Finals, to reclaim the Larry O’Brien trophy, which also featured on the T-shirt design.
“We actually got them made in Cleveland. How about that?” Green added.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr seemed to enjoy the joke. “Sometimes I get tired of doing the humble thing, I want to be more like Draymond,” Kerr said at Thursday’s parade. “Look at his shirt, I love Draymond.”
James was quick to fire back at Green on his Instagram account with a post that has amassed more than one million ‘likes’ – including from Cavs teammates Tristan Thompson and JR Smith, as well as Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and Houston’s James Harden.
A post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Jun 15, 2017 at 12:13pm PDT
Not to be outdone, Green took another jab with his own Instagram post mocking James’ new haircut, in a still taken from a video posted earlier by James of him working out in the gym.
A post shared by Draymond Green (@money23green) on Jun 15, 2017 at 12:38pm PDT
Green had continued to mock James at a rally after the Warriors’ parade.
“You talk about superteams this, superteam that,” said Green. “‘I never played on a super team.’ You started the superteam bro!”
James played with All Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh at the Miami Heat when he won his first championship in 2012.
The Warriors have been labelled a superteam by critics following their addition of Kevin Durant as a free agent last summer.
Durant was named Finals MVP after winning his first NBA championship and averaging 35.2 points over the five games.
Information from the Associated Press contributed to this report