The Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics this week to win their fourth championship in eight years.
Because of how much was on the line in this one, and in light of how well-matched these two teams were, the series turned chippy in a hurry.
A lot of dirty plays and hurt feelings ensued.
Midway through the series, Barstool Sports boss Dave Portnoy took aim at Warriors star Draymond Green. Specifically, he took issue with Green, a known trash-talker, complaining about Celtics fans chanting some explicit words at him:
Is this better you pussies? @Money23Green @KlayThompson pic.twitter.com/J2IQzCiSQf
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) June 9, 2022
After the Warriors won the title, Green opted to respond to Portnoy:
Hold dat L sucka https://t.co/Hi3AytfZSk
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) June 17, 2022
That in turn led to this reply from Portnoy:
We’re onto Cincinnati https://t.co/7GCcsK7fPj
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) June 17, 2022
Portnoy’s tweet received something of a mixed reaction:
— Mike Damone (@mikedamone21) June 17, 2022
And, he’s dead
— Fitz in the Nawth End (@NorthEndFitz) June 17, 2022
— Roger Gomez (@rgrgmz) June 17, 2022
Just take the L and sign off for the day
— Nick (@nnguy039) June 17, 2022
— Arrod (@arrrrod) June 17, 2022
Truly. After all that shit talking he comes up w this lmao.
— TonyM2524 (@M2524Tony) June 17, 2022
Big picture, it’s easy to understand why neither side wants to back down here. Portnoy is no stranger to controversy, nor is he afraid to publicly speak his mind on whatever he wants (though his girlfriend has mellowed him out a bit).
Green is cut from a similar cloth. He too keeps it pretty real.
In that respect, none of this is surprising.
Green is on a vengeance tour, as evidenced by this new Celtics t-shirt he had made.
The photos speak for themselves.https://t.co/MLz9cXzKjM
— Game 7 (@game7__) June 18, 2022
Portnoy is recovering from his team’s disappointing defeat.
All parties involved are just playing their parts.
Will the back-and-forth continue now that the Finals are over? Probably not.
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