Since the Golden State Warriors won the 2022 NBA Finals, they have spewed trash talk at anyone who crosses their path. The Boston Celtics, the team they overcame in the Finals, have been on the receiving end of much of it, but there's been a fair share directed at the Memphis Grizzlies and their players as well.
Thompson starts a war of words between Green and Morant
Shortly after beating the Celtics, Klay Thompson took a jab at Jaren Jackson Jr. on the Grizzlies for tweeting about how the Grizzlies' strength in numbers helped them beat the seemingly top-heavy Warriors.
"There is this one player on the Grizzlies who tweeted 'strength in numbers' after they beat us in the regular season, and it pissed me off so much. I can't wait to retweet that thing. Freaking bum." - Klay Thompson, NBCSWarriors
While Jackson didn't respond directly to Thompson's diss, it caught the attention of Memphis' star point guard Ja Morant, who claimed the Grizzlies were living rent-free in the Warriors' heads even after winning the Finals. This led to a response from Draymond Green, who basically said they moved to a higher-end market in Boston, referencing how they were going up against the C's in the Finals.
When one fan jumped into the conversation to say that a Christmas day matchup between these two sides should be guaranteed next season, Morant suggested having the Warriors go to Memphis to see who'd come out on top. Green responded by saying the champs play at home, but that didn't deter Morant.
The Warriors' rivalry with the Grizzlies may be in full force next season
The Warriors had to go through the Grizzlies to make it to the Finals, and it was a pretty heated series that featured a pair of key players, Morant and Warriors swingman Gary Payton II, being forced to miss most of the series with injuries. Tensions were at an all-time high after Dillon Brooks' questionable foul that led to Payton's injury, and while the Warriors prevailed, things might have been different if Morant had been able to play.
Clearly, there is no love lost between these two squads, and it should make for some captivating basketball next season. The Grizzlies believe they are on the come-up, with Brooks even saying after losing to Golden State that they are coming for the "old" Warriors. But on the other hand, the Warriors will be trying to prove that their dynasty isn't over yet, which will be no easy task.
It will be must-watch basketball whenever these two squads face off next season. The storylines will be abundant, given all that's happened since the Warriors bounced the Grizzlies from the playoffs, and with both sides having a lot to prove, it could get heated quickly. Christmas day basketball always results in good basketball, but if a Warriors/Grizzlies matchup were to fall on that day, it might end up being the best of the bunch.