It might sound weird to think two franchises who were pitted against each other in four straight NBA Finals in one of the most heated basketball rivalries would have a newfound respect for each other only a few years later… yet, here we are.
Take it from me, a Cleveland native who grew up as a die-hard Cavaliers fan before accepting the role as site expert for BlueManHoop three years ago. As someone who always appreciated greatness, it was not hard to make the transition to objectively covering the Warriors despite holding onto my Cavs’ fandom.
For Green, however, one would assume this task would be a bit more difficult. He battled the Cavaliers in each of those finals, becoming the most vilified member of the Warriors in Cleveland.
Even so, Green has looked past those days and found a soft spot for Cleveland’s young core. He’s been praising Darius Garland since before he was ever considered an All-Star and has given the resurging Cavaliers their respect.
Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors have found respect for one of their old foes in the young and resurging Cleveland Cavaliers.
“With my track record in the finals, there are not many people that can actually get me to root for the Cavaliers because we know the history,” Green joked with Garland. “Yet, my love for DG, my lil bro, I do root for the Cavs.”
Garland has ascended to his first All-Star season in Cleveland, averaging 19.8 points and 8.2 assists per game as the Cavs have already surpassed their projected win total of 27 and are in the hunt for the best record in the East.
“I think we’re one of the best teams in the league, to be honest with you,” Garland said.
The Cavaliers and Warriors have already concluded their regular season battle’s this season with the Dubs winning both matches in dominant fashion. Though, Cleveland did not roll over and die like in recent years.
It’s a long shot for a young team like the Cavs to shock the Eastern Conference and reach the finals, but Draymond says he is pulling for them to make it as he already believes the Dubs will be representing the West.
“I hope to see y’all in the finals… and (to) kick Cleveland’s ass again,” Green concluded.