Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green likes to talk trash, and that makes him the perfect player for a championship parade. Thanks largely to the self-selecting audience, these events are all about celebration and shaming vanquished enemies. There is no time for equivocation or evenhandedness. Fans and players want to have a good time — often with the benefit of alcohol — and that’s an environment in which a willing antagonist like Draymond thrives.
We’ve already covered Green’s back and forth with friend and adversary LeBron James during the Warriors’ victory parade on Thursday in Oakland. But Draymond didn’t stop with the entry-level t-shirt and social media trolling. He’s trying his hand at a more difficult medium — stand-up comedy.
Don’t believe me? How else would you explain the pacing, joke structure, and camera work during his post-parade speech?
Draymond grabbed the mic & went right at Bron lmaooo pic.twitter.com/N1YregyYMv
— Caine In Menace (@TrillestAC) June 15, 2017
He even worked blue! Check out this short snippet from his praise for general manager Bob Myers (NSFW language in the clip):
Keep going, Dray! Kyrie be shoppin’!
It’s not clear if Green has plans to work on this material in clubs over the offseason. If he does, though, it’s possible it will have legs. LeBron’s post-elimination claim that he’s never been part of a superteam got a lot of attention after Game 5, and it will probably confuse many basketball fans at least until the start of next season. The definition of “superteam” remains vague, but most agree that LeBron’s 2010 team-up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the Miami Heat is the best example. Draymond is wrong that it was the first superteam — the 2007-08 Boston Celtics are at least one prior case — but LeBron’s denial makes little sense regardless. Kevin Durant’s related refusal to call the Warriors a superteam isn’t entirely sensible, either, but at least he can claim that his star teammates were drafted and exceeded their expected value.
Whatever — we have a whole summer to split those hairs. The real story here is Draymond’s burgeoning career as a comic. Will he push for his own special? Will he pursue magic and join up with Klay Thompson to create a Penn and Teller for millennials? The possibilities are endless, and I cannot wait to see where he takes his new passion.
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