After a command performance at the Golden State Warriors’ first championship parade back in 2015, Draymond Green entered Thursday’s 2017 championship celebration in Oakland with plenty to live up to and a lofty reputation to uphold. His opening salvo in that regard? A very specifically designed T-shirt.
Yep, that’s right: the All-NBA power forward and Defensive Player of the Year finalist hit the Bay on Thursday wearing a blue shirt that read “QUICKIE,” with the “Q” bearing an awfully close resemblance to the logo of Quicken Loans — the company owned by Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, and which gives its name to the arena in which the Cavs play their home games.
Talking about Draymond Green's shirt. pic.twitter.com/Zl6Oznc2UR
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“Well, the Q — that’s what those guys’ arena’s called,” Green told CSN Bay Area’s Ros Gold-Onwude. “And we got ’em outta here quick. With the trophy. Quickie.”
Green said that the design was his idea — shocking! — and that the shirts were actually produced in Cleveland, confirming a report that briefly made some waves last week:
— Vince Slomsky (@vinceslomsky) June 9, 2017
Gold-Onwude noted Green’s close relationship with Cavaliers star LeBron James. The two recently appeared together in “The Shop,” a half-hour-long video produced by Uninterrupted, the multimedia platform for athletes co-founded by James in 2015 to give fans the “uncut, unedited version” of what their favorite athletes are thinking. (Green has also appeared on Uninterrupted’s “Kneading Dough” show, and hosts his podcast, “Dray Day,” though the Uninterrupted network.)
Despite that close relationship, though, Green wasn’t about to pass up an opportunity to twist the knife after eliminating the Cavs in five games, thus gaining a measure of revenge for Cleveland’s seven-game victory in the 2016 NBA Finals … and for how LeBron celebrated once he got home.
“You know, I can’t forget the Ultimate Warrior shirt last year from LeBron,” Green said. “And, you know, the 3-1 tombstone cookies, and all of that. So I was waiting on this moment. But definitely my guy. That’s family.”
Gold-Onwude pointed out that waiting nearly eight months to clap back at LeBron was petty.
“I’m petty,” a smiling Green acknowledged.
Evidently, so is LeBron.
A post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Jun 15, 2017 at 12:13pm PDT
the "liked by" is the funniest thing here tbh pic.twitter.com/QiDfaBuCXZ
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Someone very clearly informed Draymond about this, and he responded in kind, complimenting James on his new summertime haircut:
A post shared by Draymond Green (@money23green) on Jun 15, 2017 at 12:38pm PDT
The 2017-18 NBA season, and the first game between the Warriors and Cavs, absolutely cannot get here soon enough.
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