Joe Ovies

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. 

The clarification wasn't enough, so James followed it up with tweets of his own on Sunday.

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.


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  • trueblue0100 Jun 26, 2013

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    I get so tired of people making the ignorant "choke" statement. NO player in the history of the game had a great night EVERY night. Not Wilt, not Bill, not Julius, not Michael, not Kobie, not LeBron. EVERY player has had an off night. LeBron just did in THIS series.

    Danny Green had a tremendous series and accomplished what no other player in history has accomplished. He holds the record for three-pointers in a finals and by a wide margin. No, the Spurs didn't win the series, but they just didn't give it away either. Regardless, it doesn't diminish what Green did. So hater just hate on!

    And by the way.....If Danny had partied with LeBron and company what difference would it have made? The season WAS OVER.....OVER!

  • Packman24 Jun 25, 2013

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    Exactly no big deal! Friendly competition!

  • StunGunn Jun 24, 2013

    Don't have a problem with Danny Green being at the same club as LeBron after the game. I don't think you have to hate your rival, and Green has known LeBron back from their days in Cleveland. Nothing to see here.

  • tlg0022 Jun 24, 2013

    The story should be about how Danny Green choked in Game 7.

  • Hammerhead Jun 24, 2013

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    Social media has turned sports media/journalism into gossip, and the talking heads can't get enough of it.

  • VT1994Hokie Jun 24, 2013

    Pretty much a non story. Green was there and walked up and congratulated LeBron. He wasn't with LeBron and his guys.

  • Hammerhead Jun 24, 2013

    Relax, sure. I knew JO and AG would spend a segment talking this non-topic.

  • mac240 Jun 24, 2013

    Tony Parker is not a true PG, he plays the position, but has a shoot first mantality and doesn't make the people around him better! I think it was important that the Spurs get Green going in the final two games and Parker would drive the lane in heavy traffic instead of kicking it out to an open Green! Parker is a good player not a good PG!

  • sburks1906 Jun 24, 2013

    I think it's time to let all that Danny Green partying talk go. ESPN's Skip Bayless looks like a bitter old dude talking about it.

  • Jewelry-EricLeak Jun 24, 2013

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    I disagree. Coach K has several titles and Final Four appearances and some of them with players who had agents and those who recieved thousands of dollars of illegal benefits. Jim Valvano won (with Sloan's players) and it was widely known they never even went to a class. So much for you theory.




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