Draymond Green told reporters after the NBA Finals that he and Tristan Thompson “weren’t cut from the same cloth.” As it turns out, Green was right, but not in the way he originally thought.
The website Bossip.com reported the two players, who were both invited to an exclusive ESPY awards afterparty, exchanged words, before Thompson reportedly unloaded a punch that connected with Draymond’s face.
Green, who has been known as a trash talker his entire career, got into it with Thompson throughout the NBA Finals. The first exchange was in the final moments of Game 1 of the Finals when Draymond starting throwing words in the direction of Thompson.
Jason McIntyre of Fox Sports 1 and The Big Lead then took to Twitter yesterday and seemingly confirmed the story.
Draymond Green was not the aggressor, he was trying to make peace. Tristan felt embarrassed by the end of the Finals diss moment and just unloaded. Couple players i spoke here in LA/on social media went with, "about time"
— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) July 31, 2018
Between Green’s antics and this being the fourth straight season the Cavaliers and Warriors squared off in the Finals, this encounter is not a total surprise.
Arguably the biggest twist in this bizarre story is the two players who broke up this alleged altercation. Kevin Durant and LeBron James were the two who got in the middle of it all and calmed things down.
McIntyre would also report that a couple players told him “it was about time” likely in regards to someone finally hitting Draymond for his constant chirping on the basketball court.
— The Athletic (@TheAthleticSF) August 1, 2018
What took place in the hours after this news broke was an outpouring of support from the Cleveland sports fans.
As of 11 a.m. this morning the Facebook event titled “Tristan Thompson Parade Because He Punched Draymond Green” has over 2,200 people scheduled to attend on October 13, 2018.
Thompson, who was in the dog house for much of the season, starting winning fans back over in the 2018 playoffs. In the Cavaliers crucial Game 7 victory over the Indiana Pacers head coach Tyronn Lue inserted Thompson into the starting lineup for the first time all series.
In that Game 7 Thompson responded with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Though Thompson would average 6.2 points and 5.9 rebounds for the 2018 postseason, his effort and energy provided the Cavaliers with quite the spark.
Thompson will likely be one of the focal points now of this Cavaliers team now that LeBron left to sign with the Lakers. This Cleveland team is not going to be flashy, and should look to adapt a style of basketball we have not seen in the NBA in quite a few years, bully ball.
Cleveland is going to have to scrap to win games this season because they can no longer rely on LeBron to bail them out of tough situations. Toughness will be the name of the game for the Cavaliers, and Thompson will be one to lead that charge.
The NBA seems to never lack drama. From burner Twitter accounts, to star players refusing to play, there is always something happening in the association. The latest drama with Thompson and Green is just the latest in what has been a wild year in the NBA, both on and off the floor.