Relax with the Danny Green party talk
Posted June 24, 2013
What did the Miami Heat do after repeating as NBA Champions? Hung out with rapper Drake and dropped $100,000 at a bar in the wee hours of Thursday night into Friday morning. And no night of partying should go without a final stop at Denny's to help soak up all the champagne, which is exactly what Shane Battier did before heading home.
Some of the San Antonio Spurs did time at the club as well. Not a surprise considering that it's human nature to seek out distractions following a disappointing end to the season. The alternative, which probably involves stewing in a lonely hotel room, won't exactly help get your mind of things.
Danny Green was one of those San Antonio players who hit the town and he just so happened to run into LeBron James. A photo of Green embracing James made the rounds Friday.
No big deal, right? Former teammates from Cleveland who have remained friends put aside the heat of competition and acknowledged the obvious. Green daps up James and congratulates him. James tells him good job, good effort. Everyone moves on with their night.
Apparently that wasn't the case for some people, who took the photo as Green literally partying it up with James. The reaction was negative enough that Green took to Twitter to defend himself.
Got give credit to Miami...but don't think for one sec I was out celebrating with them...jus happened to be at the same place, wrong time— Danny Green (@DGreen_14) June 21, 2013
The clarification wasn't enough, so James followed it up with tweets of his own on Sunday.
Danny Green did not party with us on Thursday night. He came to say congrats and I told him how proud of him I was for taking advantage.....— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 23, 2013
full advantage of the opportunity he was giving and keep going. We dapped up, showed love and he left. #StopBelievingAllYouHear— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 23, 2013
As fans, we often project our own moral code to athletes. We want the players to feel the hurt losing just as badly as the fans do, not taking into account these same players are the ones who actually experience the rawest emotion. Of course Green was upset the Spurs missed out on the title, that shouldn't even be a consideration. Just because he didn't react the way you have doesn't change that.
Ease up a bit next time, let these guys live a little.