The Golden State Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, and the question of which team is superior was answered as definitively as possible.
There are still some lingering questions that remain from that series, though, such as the situation between Draymond Green and Tristan Thompson.
The two were at each other’s throats at various points during those Finals, and Thompson told Green to meet him outside after game 1.
With a championship in the balance at the time and not wanting to get fined, Green refused that offer but said he’d be willing to meet Thompson in the streets over the summer.
Thompson tried to shake Green’s hand after game 4 and Green refused, clearly indicating this feud will prolong for the foreseeable future.
Matt Barnes was widely known as one of the toughest players in the league during his playing days and weighed in on the matter.
He told TMZ Sports that Thompson is basically fake tough, and doesn’t carry the on-court toughness off the court in other settings.
It’s widely known around the league that Thompson is fake in this way and that he’s just all talk with nothing to back up the words.
Barnes won a championship alongside Green on the 2016-17 Warriors, so he knows full well the authenticity of Green’s toughness.
It adds to already compelling Warriors/Cavs lore, although the status of that rivalry seems to be questionable heading into this offseason. If LeBron James decides to leave in free agency, the Cavs will likely end up being a lottery team next season.
Thompson would be toiling on essentially an irrelevant squad while Green and the Warriors would fight to continue their league domination against other more worthy opponents.
Regardless of what happens between these two this offseason, Green is clearly the winner. After all, he just won his 3rd championship in 4 years.