Tristan Thompson doesn’t forget.
During the NBA Finals, Draymond Green called the Cleveland Cavaliers center ‘soft’. But according to Fox Sports’ Jason McIntyre, Thompson and Green got into it a couple of weeks ago.
“Draymond went up to apologize to Tristan for what happened after G4 of the finals. TT said ‘nah man’ and Draymond tried again, ‘come on, I didn’t mean it’ and then WHAP, Tristan leveled him with a punch. Draymond didn’t go down.”
In addition to calling Thompson soft, he refused the center’s handshake at one point. At another, he even offered to meet Thompson in the streets. Be careful what you wish for, Draymond. It looks like Thompson was more than happy to take him up on that. McIntyre’s story doesn’t end there, however.
“Draymond Green was not the aggressor, he was trying to make peace. Tristan felt embarrassed by the end of the Finals diss moment and just unloaded. Couple players i spoke here in LA/on social media went with, ‘about time.’”
It’s not difficult to understand that sentiment in regards to Green. He’s developed a reputation around the league of being a dirty player. He does all he can to get under the skin of his opponent. Sometimes it’s within the rules, other times it’s not. This time, Thompson had clearly had enough of the shtick.
Regardless of the fallout, though, Green will continue to get the last laugh. He and the Golden State Warriors just won their second consecutive NBA title over the Cleveland Cavaliers. They’ve won three out of the last four. And a punch from Thompson isn’t likely to change the way Green operates.
Bossip is not what you’d call a reliable outlet by any stretch of the imagination. That said, it’s hard to imagine McIntyre making this story up out of thin air. And if nothing else, it continues to cement the NBA as the country’s most dramatic professional sports league.
Long may it continue.