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Warriors' Draymond Green digs at LeBron, Cleveland at championship parade

By Anthony Slater The Mercury News Published: June 17, 2017 4:00 AM
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Steve Kerr took the stage at the Warriors' championship parade on Thursday, opened his speech with a joke about how many he'd been a part of in his career and then stopped, turning toward his players.

"Sometimes I get tired of doing the humble thing. I want to be more like Draymond," Kerr said. "We got a team full of humble Warriors and then we have a guy who is going to stir the pot every day."

Kerr was describing every day in the life of his team. But it was particularly apt on Thursday. The Warriors threw a second parade title celebration in three years. The weather was great. The rally, planted on the south side of Lake Merritt, was in an ideal setting. More than a million people flooded downtown Oakland to see and hear their favorite stars.

But they were delivered a pretty tame event. Almost everyone kept their comments either short or measured. But Draymond Green did neither, serving as the spice to liven the proceedings up a bit.

The outspoken Warriors forward showed up in a shirt trolling the Cavaliers. It had a big capital 'Q' on it -- signifying the logo of Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena -- which spelled out the word 'Quickie,' in reference to their five-game ousting of the Cavaliers. He made the shirts before the series was even completed, he said.

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"Got them out of here quick," Green said. "Quickie. We actually got them made in Cleveland. How about that?"

Green said it was in response to the 'Ultimate Warrior' shirt LeBron James wore last season after beating the Warriors in The Finals. "I'm petty," Green said. And it sparked a brief cross-country social media back-and-forth between Green and James, happening during the parade.

LeBron posted an Instagram photo of Green wearing the shirt that was captioned: "That's what she said, huh??" Green responded on Instagram, posting a photo while at the rally of LeBron's newly shaved head with a caption that read: "Them Dubs finally made him go bald!!!"

But Green wasn't done lobbing shots at LeBron. Every Warriors star took their turn on the microphone. Green went before only Kevin Durant and Steph Curry, who kept their speeches short. Green danced onto the stage, told the crowd he'd keep it shorter and more contained than two years earlier because he was a "much more mature, more sane individual," but then went long anyway.

Green rambled his 'thank yous' toward Warriors' general manager Bob Myers, the architect of this loaded roster, and uncorked an F-bomb, as in: "Can someone give Bob some (bleeping) credit?"

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Green's point: There are no top overall picks on this team. Three of their All-Stars were plucked from unlikely draft slots. Many of their rotation players were projects or career resurrections. So he didn't like the recent designation of them as a 'Superteam,' as LeBron referred to them during the Finals, saying his formation with the Miami Heat back in 2010 was different than Durant's partnership with this ready-made contender.

"They want to talk about 'Superteam this, Superteam that. I never played on a Superteam,' " Green said, then aiming right at LeBron. "You started the Superteam, bro. Hey, Slim (referring to Durant). I don't know what you just did, but you did something to them boys."

Other semi-highlights from the day of celebration: Klay Thompson personally invited the guy who had him sign a toaster a few months back to be a part of the parade. The Warriors were on a cold streak before it happened. But after Thompson signed the home appliance, the Warriors went 31-2 to close the season and many people, jokingly, credited the toaster.

"It was good to see him," Thompson said.

Both Joe Lacob and Peter Guber took the stage before the players spoke. If you were looking for any guarantees of titles to come, the two owners provided the most noteworthy comments. Guber said "seal it," the Warriors would be back here next year celebrating. Lacob, who is usually good for at least one provocative quote, kept it a bit more reserved.

"I got another dream. You know what that is?" Lacob told the crowd. "More. More championships for the Golden State Warriors. What do you say? (Turns to players) I'm looking at you guys."

Both Myers and Kerr went down the roster, one-by-one, thanking all their players. But the best moment from either speech was probably when Myers chided Kerr about losing a game in the playoffs, while his replacement, Mike Brown, went 11-0.

"We got a decision to make," Myers joked.

Some of the Warriors fringe rotation players came up for quick Q&A's in groups of three. Andre Iguodala joked that he'd groomed his replacement, Patrick McCaw, during the season. Charles Barkley made an over-the-phone appearance, congratulating the Warriors and their fans by telling them "I told you a jump-shooting team couldn't win a championship. Now you've won two."

Thompson deflected credit for his defense and then gave way to Green, who provided the day's highlight. Then both Durant and Curry were short and sweet with their words and the parade was over, capped by a team photo opportunity, confetti raining and 'We are the champions' playing.

The title season was officially over. The team was off to Las Vegas for the night and, for some, maybe longer.

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