Draymond Green doesn't have many fans in Ohio. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are facing off in their fourth straight NBA Finals. During Game 1 last night, we got the full Draymond experience.
Early in the game, the versatile forward got after Cavs superstar LeBron James both verbally and physically. In the second quarter, Green caught up in the eye with a questionable contest of Green at the basket. It left James with a red spot in his left eye.
After JR Smith's unbelievable gaffe that helped get the game to overtime, the Warriors took control of the game. With a pretty safe 10-point lead, Draymond mocked Cavs' bench forward Kendrick Perkins, referring to him as a cheerleader with by mimicking a dance with imaginary pom poms.
With just a few seconds left in the game, Green turned his attention to Tristan Thompson, who was fuming over a shot taken late in the shot clock by Shaun Livingston. Green clapped in the Cavs' big man's face, and Thompson responded by hitting him in the face with the ball. He was ejected with a few second left on the clock and the game in hand for the Warriors.
When told that Smith insists that he did not forget about the score of the tie game at the end of regulation, Green had another viral moment. He couldn't help but crack up at that notion.
So yeah, Draymond isn't a favorite of those over in Ohio. As you can imagine, there is a pretty significant crossover between Cavaliers and Ohio State fans.
Among them is OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith. He's never shy about sharing his feelings on Twitter.
Zach Smith ripped Draymond Green shortly after the game, calling him a "clown."
It probably doesn't help matters that Green is a very notable former Michigan State star. The Spartans have long been one of the best college basketball programs in the Big Ten, and a rival of the Buckeyes.
This definitely has more to do with his NBA career though. Green has a reputation as a dirty player, and it has caused controversy during these four NBA Finals series.