Golden State Warriors go on trolling tour after NBA Finals victory

ByWilliam E. Ricks ESPN logo
Saturday, June 18, 2022

After the Golden State Warriors won the NBA Finals Thursday night, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Stephen Curry pulled out the receipts from opponents they defeated en route to their fourth championship in eight seasons.

Curry, who received Finals MVP, remembered what Boston sports bar Game On! Fenway said about his wife Ayesha's culinary skills. The restaurant posted a picture of a sign with the phrase "Ayesha Curry Can't Cook" ahead of Games 3 and 4. Ayesha is a celebrity chef and cookbook author and has a show on the Food Network called "Ayesha's Homemade."

Curry responded to the gesture after Game 5 with a shirt defending his spouse's cuisine.

In the postgame locker room after Game 6, Curry had Game On! Fenway's shirt in hand. A nice souvenir to leave Boston with, along with two of the NBA's most coveted trophies.

Thompson recalled a tweet by Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. After Memphis beat Golden State on Mar. 28, 123-95, Jackson tweeted the Warriors' mantra "strength in numbers," a direct troll to the team. The Warriors avenged the defeat in the Western Conference semifinals, beating the Grizzlies 4-1 on their road to a championship.

Although Thompson didn't remember Jackson was behind the tweet, he admitted he couldn't wait to throw it back in his face.

Green also took part in the petty party after winning the title. He cited Celtics guardJaylen Brown's tweet from January where he said, "the energy is about to shift." Brown had an altercation with Green in Game 1 after the Warriors forward fell on him.

Green wasted no time referencing the tweet Friday morning. His post explained the shift Brown mentioned happened, just in Golden State's favor.

The Warriors forward didn't stop there. He explained his choice to sport an all-black outfit to Thursday's game, signaling it was the end of the road for the Celtics' postseason run.

He also remembered a tweet by Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant during Game 1 of the Finals. Durant commented on the Celtics' victory that night, commending Boston's "high level of basketball."

Later, Green donned one of Boston's "It's all about 18" shirts, slightly altering where banner No. 18 was supposed to go.

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