The Golden State Warriors have prevailed as the champions of the 2021-22 NBA season. After a hard-fought six-game series with the Boston Celtics, the Warriors celebrated their fourth title win in the past eight years, and they certainly made the most of it.
Whether it be Steph Curry winning his first Finals MVP, Klay Thompson’s triumphant return to prominence throughout the season, or the development of guys like Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole, Golden State had a lot to celebrate last night. For Draymond Green, it was all about proving his haters wrong once again.
Green took some shots at Perkins on a special edition of his podcast after Game 6
Green has never been one to lack confidence, and even throughout this series, when the Warriors found themselves trailing, he was still talking trash to pretty much whoever would listen. Green’s confidence in himself and his team was rewarded, and he let everyone know on his podcast shortly after the game that he was right all along.
One guy who got caught in the crosshairs of Green’s tirade was Kendrick Perkins. The two have had a bit of an online beef for the past few months, and Perkins caught Green’s attention when he joined First Take with Stephen A. Smith earlier in the series dressed in a jail suit to represent how Boston locked up Golden State in Game 1. Draymond took note of that, and he let Perkins have it after the series had concluded:
“You got fools like Kendrick Perkins, dressing like a clown, come up here in a jail suit. And then you leave the game early tonight. Stand on your word, brother. You gotta stand on that, ’cause one thing’s for certain: I’mma stand on mine. Four-time champ, I’m out.” - Draymond Green, The Draymond Green Show
Green finally backed up his trash talk in Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals
It seemed like Green couldn’t back up what he was saying for much of the Finals. He was still solid defensively throughout, but he was holding Golden State’s offense down for long stretches of the series. Green finally found his jump shot right as the series ended, as he hit his first two threes of the entire series and another deep midrange jumper midway through the fourth quarter to help sink Boston.
And once Golden State won, you knew Green would go on some tirade, whether it was on his podcast or social media, shortly after. And he went after Perkins, who claimed before Game 6 that Curry would do absolutely nothing after struggling in Game 5. Curry wound up finishing the game with 34 points, to go along with seven assists and rebounds each.
The Warriors took offense to Perkins’ jabs throughout the series, and they let him have it once they locked up their fourth title, with Green leading the procession. Perkins leaving the game early most likely had to do more with his postgame media requirements rather than having no faith in the C’s, but Green still took notice.
After a few seasons of struggles, it’s clear that if you want to talk bad about the Warriors, you are doing so at your own risk. Perkins happened to find out the hard way, courtesy of Green and the rest of his teammates.