It seems like Draymond Green has been all up in the headlines recently, from his on-court play to off-court beef with fans, former players, and current players. The most recent exchange happened with CJ McCollum -- currently working as an ESPN analyst during his off-season -- after CJ told him his Finals prediction to his face.
When in doubt, call on the rings
The Boston Celtics are currently in command of the series with a 2-1 lead and an opportunity to go up 3-1 in front of their home crowd. The Warriors and Draymond especially have not looked their best so far, and the tension is rising for the Dubs. It is apparent in Draymond's on and off-court behavior that he is struggling, and he is not in the mood for more doubters.
Pelicans star and journalist major CJ McCollum recently signed with ESPN to cover the NBA Finals and offer his insightful takes, as he has been a welcomed addition. But CJ has not been shy about voicing his takes in person. After Game 3, CJ was in the hallways of TD Garden, catching up with his friend/rival Draymond Green.
McCollum offered his Finals prediction in person, instead of wanting Green to see it first on TV.
"I've got to tell you this. I picked Boston to win Game 3, I picked you guys to win Game 4. But ultimately, I've got the Celtics winning the Finals. I just want you to hear it from me first before you hear me say it on TV."
CJ McCollum, Yahoo Sports
Needless to say, Draymond wasn't in the mood, especially after the loss, as he clapped back at CJ in a savage way:
"That's fine. Those Celtics will still be ringless, just like you. Respect."
Draymond Green, Yahoo Sports
Even though Draymond is struggling with his Warriors down in the series, Green is never going to shy away from being arrogant and confident in his team. Although he has a good relationship with McCollum, there was a bit of fire in his response. After all, the two friends faced off each other multiple times in the postseason with the Warriors and Blazers, so there has to be some rivalry between them.
Fair enough Draymond is a 3x champion with an impressive resume behind him, while McCollum hasn't even managed to get an All-Star nod, let alone win a ring, despite being a very good player. But I'm pretty sure McCollum knew he was going to get that type of response from Draymond when he made that prediction.