Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson got a small taste of the animosity opposing fans will have for the Golden State Warriors juggernaut this season during this past summer’s run-up to the Olympic Games, and Green says he welcomes the verbal abuse.
The fiery, talkative All-Star forward says he doesn’t care if his squad is viewed as a bunch of villains.
Draymond Green on the Warriors villain role: "Boo. Then eventually you'll shut up. And I'll laugh." pic.twitter.com/iTh8wGM74j
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Green enjoys nothing more than walking into enemy territory and getting out with a win.
Per the Mercury News:
“It’s like Jesus Christ,” Green shook his head on Wednesday. “I just don’t understand some people. Even if I hate you and whatever team you play for, if you’re gonna wear a Team USA jersey and represent my country, for one day I can give it up and say, ‘OK, I’m with you for this day.’ They booed us still…More power to those people. They’re angry about something in life. I’m not sure what.”
“Who cares what someone tries to make us out to be?” Green said. “We’re trying to win basketball games. If they want to make us the villain, that’s fine. They’re gonna boo us anyway everywhere we go, so that’s fine. The most fun I have in this game is going on another team’s floor and quieting their crowd anyway. So boo. Then eventually you’ll shut up. And I’ll laugh. We’ll laugh. And we’ll keep it moving.”
If the Warriors win big and do it with an appealing style, will that eventually change? Will they win fans over with dominance? At least immediately, Green doesn’t think so. […] “I don’t think it’ll happen this year,” he said. “No. 1, people in this world hate change. So the first time you change something, they’re gonna hate it for awhile. Then they kinda get with the wave, jump on the bandwagon or whatever. But that’s not what we do this for anyway. We do this to try to win championships. That’s our No. 1 goal, to win a championship. So to say, ‘Oh, we don’t want people to hate us. Come on, love us.’ That’s what we’re doing? No. It’s not. Who cares? Our No. 1 goal is going to be our goal throughout. That’s just what it’ll be. Whoever don’t like that, I really can’t help you.”