The Los Angeles Lakers are the 2020 NBA champions. The Lakers won Game 6 in dominating fashion, putting an end to the longest season in NBA history. The bubble has been a tremendous success, and the Lakers are going home with one of the most difficult championships in history. Unfortunately, Danny Green is going home with mixed feelings.
Green missed an open three at the end of Game 5 that would probably seal the deal for the Lakers. Before the game, Green said his fiancé, and he got death threats from angry fans because of that missed shot. Blair Bashen, Green's fiancé, posted about the rage fans directed her way on social media, so Green asked her how serious it is.
"I had to ask, 'Are you getting death threats?' And she said, 'Yeah, you are too.'
Green said he ignores all of the noise outside the locker room and that he probably should pay more attention to situations as serious as death threats. That's a healthy attitude about social media 99% of the time, but death threats are something that's never to be taken lightly. Green still found a way to try and use it to make a positive change in the world.
“It's a basketball game. People are emotional, fans are emotional. I hope they don't take it that seriously. I hope they are that passionate about voting or getting justice for these people who deserve justice or get some better change along in the country. But it's a basketball game at the end of the day, and I know that they're just taking out their emotions, and they need somebody to blame and it came down to that last play and, of course, I'm the easy target.”
Green became the sixth player to win back-to-back NBA titles with two different teams. Last year with the Raptors and now with the Lakers. Before him, Pep Saul did it in '51 with the Royals and ‘52 with the (Minneapolis) Lakers, Jackie Moore in ‘55 with the Nationals and ‘56 with the (Philadelphia) Warriors, Steve Kerr in ‘98 with the Bulls and ‘99 with the Spurs, and Patrick McCaw and Chris Boucher in ‘18 with the Warriors and ‘19 with the Raptors.
I can understand loving the game and having a favorite team. No-one should ever worry about the safety of their loved ones, or their own safety, because of a basketball game. It seems all this didn't ruin Green's experience too much, and hats off to him for using it to talk about more important things in the world.