Draymond vs Tristan? I guess the Golden State Warriors/Cleveland Cavilers rivalry supposedly isn’t dead. Honestly, this beef should be over, considering LeBron James is a Laker now. Surprisingly it’s bigger than ever. So let me explain where it all started, before I tell y’all what happened. The setting: Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals. Oakland, California. Oracle Arena. Cleveland Cavaliers vs the Golden State Warriors. After J.R. Smith made the dumb ass mistake of dribbling out the clock at the end of regulation, instead of taking a shot since both teams were tied. Once overtime began, the Warriors began to distance themselves from the Cavs. Once the game had pretty much been decided, Shaun Livingston decided to take a jump shot with 2.6 seconds left in the game. In the NBA, it is custom for the team that is winning to let the clock run out if they are up by a large margin. If you shoot the ball, its considered disrespect to the other team. Like you’re showing them up.
The Warriors were up 122-114 and the game was over. Tristan obviously took offense to it and gave Shaun an elbow to the stomach when he shot the ball. The ref instantly ejected him, but he didn’t leave the court. Of course tempers flared between both teams, and you can’t say word fight when it comes to the Warriors without saying Draymond Green. We all know he had to get in the mix somehow. Draymond went right of to Tristan and said something to him that got under Tristan’s skin immediately and Tristan pushed the ball in Draymond’s face before both teams held them back from each other. Classic Draymond.
Draymond was interviewed following that game, and he was asked about the incident. Draymond made it clear to the media that h wasn’t about to fight Tristan on the court. No suspensions during the finals. He learned his lesson from 2016. But he did say if Tristan wanted, he could meet him in the streets for all that. We all know by now the Warriors won the Championship. Draymond and Tristan went back and forth during the finals. A push here, a shove there. A whole bunch of shit talking on the court. Which is normal for Draymond. At the end of the of Game 4, when all the players on each team came together to shake hands, there was a moment where Tristan tried to extend his arm to shake Draymond’s hand. Draymond wasn’t feeling that. He said something slick, and moved his hand away from Tristan. Classic Draymond.
During the Championship parade, Draymond was interviewed by Bay Area Rapper Mistah Fab, and he spoke about the incident between him and Tristan. That’s when the famous line “We aint cut the same” was dropped. Draymond refering to Tristan being soft of course. They aint cut from the same cloth. Trash talking at its finest. Classic Draymond.
And now what you’ve all been waiting for. The fight? I put a question mark because know one knows what really happened. The ESPY’s of course are every year in LA. LeBron James is now the king of Los Angeles, and of course he had to throw a party following the event. Marcus Thompson, of The Athletic, reported this on what her heard actually happened.
In what would be best told by the late great storyteller Charlie Murphy, the “streets” turned out to be the swanky Delilah restaurant in West Hollywood on July 18. Both Green and Thompson were guests of LeBron for this ultra-exclusive affair — which prohibited phones and cameras. None of the attendees expected the on-the-court drama to flare back up in this setting.
Which is why everyone was stunned when Thompson, according to sources, out of nowhere attacked Green.
No argument. No squaring up. No taking it outside.
“It was a sucker punch,” said one source who attended the party. “But, to be honest, it wasn’t really a punch. It was more like a shove.” It was a face mush, another source described it. Other reports have described it as a legit punch, maybe even a quick one-two.
Whatever actually happened, or didn’t happen, Tristan was done looking like a punk to the world. He decided to make his presence felt, one way or another. Of course, living in the Bay Area, everyone I’ve talked to, doesn’t want to believe Draymond could actually get hit. Draymond is the Bay Area’s enforcer. There is no way this could have actually happened right? Cleveland fans believe it though. The city of Cleveland actually decided that they are going to throw a damn parade for Tristan punching Draymond. I’m dead serious. On October 13th, they are actually planning to throw a damn parade in the city of Cleveland. Petty as hell, but funny as hell. Draymond finally broke his silence today and posted a message to his Instagram story to Cleveland fans. It seems like Draymond isn’t too worried about whatever did or didn’t happen. (See below) But Draymond is right about one thing…Cleveland needs whatever motivation they can get. Their franchise is doomed now that LeBron is in LA. So end, all we know is that Draymond won a championship, and Tristan got a punch in. Looks like Draymond won that battle. I guess we shall see if anymore details come out from this story later.
Born in Southern California but raised in the Bay Area. A sports enthusiast who loves basketball, football and boxing. Played basketball through high school and college and now I'm using my passion of sports to help create theflagrantfoul.com.