Two days ago, Draymond Green addressed the media and had some very poignant things to say about greatness, and how people are incapable of appreciating a situation until it’s over.
Draymond Green delivers passionate answer on some people failing to appreciate greatness with third straight Warriors-Cavaliers Finals pic.twitter.com/KfYT9FK9Jy— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 26, 2017
Reporter: “[Inaudible] to have two marquee teams steamrolling the opponents? Do think it’s all worth it now that there’s this epic matchup that the fans and the NBA, the broadcasters, and the advertisers are going to get what they want?
Draymond Green: “I mean, I think it’s a great thing for the league, contrary to popular belief where everyone says this is boring. I think maybe people fail to realize that you just have two great teams and don’t appreciate that. Everyone wants to say, ‘This is boring, and this, that and the other.’ But you usually don’t appreciate something until you don’t have it anymore.
And so, I think maybe that’s just a lack of appreciation for greatness. But then when you look at a situation, most people have never reached greatness. So maybe there’s just not an understanding of what you’re watching.
I think you’ve found two great teams, and we’ve played that way. And maybe people don’t appreciate it because of a blowout or because of a sweep. But people might want to be careful, because I think right now, you’re witnessing greatness. Two great teams, great players, and that’s what it is.
And like I said, it probably won’t be appreciated until it’s over. So, say, whoever wins this championship. Say we meet again next year. It still won’t be appreciated until we don’t meet again and you realize what you had. So, I appreciate it. I’m happy we’ve been able to steamroll people, and I love the fact that they’ve been able to steamroll people, because I just love great things. And I think right now, we’ve found two great teams.”
Amen Draymond. Amen.
There’s obviously a lot to unpack there, but by far my favorite part of his answer: “I’m happy we’ve been able to steamroll people, and I love the fact that they’ve been able to steamroll people, because I just love great things.”
We are, truly, witnessing greatness.
Here at Golden State of Mind, we’ve been discussing the magnitude of this series — how two teams have never met three times in a row in the Finals, how LeBron James has become (in my mind) the GOAT, how the Warriors are seeking revenge for last season’s Finals meltdown of epic proportions — but outside of our community, by far the most common reaction I hear from NBA fans, both casual and rabid, is, “Eh, screw it. This is boring. Who wants to see these two teams play again?”
I do! Are you kidding me? These are BY FAR THE TWO BEST TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE! WHO WOULDN’T WANT TO SEE THEM TILT HEAD ON AGAIN, FOR A THIRD YEAR?!
I understand that some people felt the regular season was a “waste of time,” especially considering that this Finals match seemed preordained from the jump, but c’mon. I appreciate greatness, and I seek greatness in all facets of life. I wish I could have seen John Coltrane play live, just once. I still lie awake at night thinking about how Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix had discussed potentially doing a joint project. How awesome would that have been??! Holy shit, I just looked it up, and realized the band was going to be Hendrix, Miles, Tony Williams (my favorite jazz drummer of all time), and Paul frickin McCartney at the height of his Beatles fame. UUUUUUGH. That would have been the dopest.
As a connoisseur of greatness — as a rabid fan of all things transcendent and otherworldly — I want to watch human beings move above and beyond everything we’ve come to expect as “normal.” And y’all are out here just shouting into the sky, getting mad about a historic situation because you hate life, beauty, and all things good.
“Everyone wants to say, ‘This is boring, and this, that and the other.’ But you usually don’t appreciate something until you don’t have it anymore. And so, I think maybe that’s just a lack of appreciation for greatness. But then when you look at a situation, most people have never reached greatness. So maybe there’s just not an understanding of what you’re watching.”
I know I’m biased because of my Warriors fandom, but as I mentioned before, I was all in for the LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh Heat experiment. Y’all were all in for those epic Showtime Lakers vs. Larry Bird Celtics Finals battles. Are we really gonna sit around idolizing a foregone era featuring two incredibly dominant teams that met with a high degree of regularity on the league’s biggest stage, all the while throwing shade at this younger generation of stars because they aren’t “competitive” enough, like the older generation?
Have you seen Draymond Green and LeBron James jaw at each other lately? You’re telling me those guys are driven to succeed? That they’re soft? Or boring?
What the F have you been watching? Whatever it is, turn off that channel and switch back over to the real world. Two of the greatest teams we have ever seen are about to go to war. This is happening, and I for one am stoked.
Let’s appreciate this while it happens, and not wait until we are old and saggy to brag about how great this generation of talent was, while we bore our grandchildren with misguided idolizations of bygone exploits. If you’re not all in right now, you won’t have earned that right.