Draymond Green learned a lesson this week: Don’t troll “The Truth.”
Green, an All-Star forward for the Golden State Warriors, was caught by a hot mic talking trash to former Celtic and current Clipper Paul Pierce, saying he was “chasing” a farewell tour when in reality the fans “don’t love you like that.”
“You thought you was Kobe!” Green can be heard just before a free throw early in the first quarter of a Thursday night game. Longtime Lakers great Kobe Bryant retired after last season; he was feted throughout that campaign, including here in Boston, where fans chanted his name and he was given a framed piece of the old Boston Garden parquet floor.
Pierce, who won a title during his 15 seasons playing for the Celtics and is retiring following this season, was showered with affection earlier this month during his last game in Boston.
Green’s trash talk apparently caught Pierce’s attention. He took to Twitter to deliver his response. It was cutting, if predictable:
73 wins and u thought u was gonna win a title that yr 😂😂😂3-1 lead oops— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) February 24, 2017
That dig references Golden State’s 73-win season last year -- the most in NBA history. It also mentions that the Warriors accomplished that feat but failed to win the title. The team famously flamed out in the finals, blowing a 3-1 series lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It’s not the first time Green has played the heel. He was suspended for a game during last year’s finals after punching LeBron James in the groin.