After early-series struggles, Draymond Green capped a star-making season with a triple-double in a championship-clinching Game 6. After being left behind in the Golden State Warriors' race to the future with Green at the four, David Lee reminded people he could still play, helping spark a mid-series shift in the 2015 NBA Finals. After being marginalized by that shift, reserve center Festus Ezeli made his presence felt when it counted, chipping in 10 points, four rebounds and one massive putback dunk off the bench.
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After returning to the Bay, Green, Lee and Ezeli continued their championship celebration with a stop at San Francisco's Infusion Lounge, where they were greeted by a giant 15-liter “Nebuchadnezzar” bottle of Luc Belaire champagne, which weighs in at 50 pounds and "is often listed on nightclub menus for upward of $10,000 to $12,000," according to a Luc Belaire spokesperson.
That's the same size (albeit a different brand) as the one Dirk Nowitzki happily hoisted as part of the $110,000 bar tab that the Dallas Mavericks ran up after beating the Miami Heat in 2011, that the Heat copped for themselves after vanquishing the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012, and that Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate took down after winning the 2014 Super Bowl. Of course, if 15 liters of champagne strikes you as a comically underwhelming and insufficient amount of bubbly, you can always step up to the 30-liter monster that the Boston Bruins enjoyed after winning the 2011 Stanley Cup.
I like to think that Draymond went through a three-step process here.
"Let me taste this."
"Hmm. Wait, do I even like champagne?"
"No, not really. Better dispose of this responsibly."
That wasn't quite how it worked out, though. Green really seemed to savor the flavor, especially when the DJ started playing that song that he and his teammates aren't supposed to sing anymore but that they really like singing:
While I don't believe that Green and Lee are, in fact, in love with the CoCo, I do believe that they've got quite a lot of love for each other.
D'awwwww. It's almost enough to make you not want the seemingly inevitable parting of ways to come to pass.
But that parting, should it come, is tomorrow's problem. Today, the Warriors get to live in the moment, and share it with their fans, friends and fellow VIP-hangers by soaking them in champagne.
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