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Draymond Green says he’d be more than happy to oblige Tristan Thompson’s offer to meet him outside after Thompson was ejected in the final seconds of Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
However, Green, the multifaceted, Swiss Army Knife forward for the Golden State Warriors says he can’t afford to tangle with Thompson, the starting center for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
At least not now.
I can’t meet him outside of (the arena), because I’ll still get fined,” Green said, per USA Today’s Sam Amick. “But I can meet him in the streets any day. So you can say (that) somebody (should) meet you at the bus, (but) I’m not (going). I’m going to keep taking care of my family. I’m not going to meet you at the bus.”
Draymond Green, to the surprise of no one, doesn't back down from Tristan Thompson's Game 1 invitation to meet him outside the arena "I can meet him in the streets any day…" https://t.co/uPszBlUieE
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 2, 2018
Green and Thompson, who are squaring off in the Finals for a fourth straight season this spring, had a dustup at the end of Game 1 when Thompson was assessed a flagrant 2 foul by referee Tony Brothers for a contest of a late shot by Shaun Livingston of the Warriors in the final seconds.
After Thompson was tossed, Green began clapping in his face. Thompson responded by shoving the basketball in Green’s face and then made the gesture to meet him outside that Green referenced.
The following day, Thompson’s flagrant 2 was downgraded to a flagrant 1 by the NBA, which fined him $25,000 for not leaving the court in a timely manner after being ejected and shoving the ball in Green’s face.
Saturday, Green said he was glad Thompson was not suspended and will play in Game 2.
“I don’t want nobody to get suspended,” Green said. “That does nothing for us, or for me. I’m happy he only got a $25,000 fine. … I maybe (would have) gotten suspended, but ain’t nobody else me so I really don’t care about that.”
Green said Thompson’s offer to meet him outside could be addressed during the offseason.
“But you know (in) the summers, you can meet anybody anywhere,” Green said. “So all that ‘Meet me outside, meet me at the bus,’ like I ain’t interested in giving up no money for that.
“But if you want to see me somewhere else, that’s fine—anytime.”