If you were confused by how both Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green could be carrying the Golden State Warriors' 2015 Larry O'Brien NBA championship trophy around on the same day but approximately 550 miles apart, you weren't alone.
As Adam Sparks of The Tennessean reported on Saturday, one of them was carrying around a replica.
Ezeli had the real trophy earned and owned by the Warriors, according to Massimo Degaudenzi, Golden State’s assistant for corporate communications, who escorted the hardware to Nashville from California. Degaudenzi said the one Green had was a replica trophy the NBA office uses for public events.
It’s a way of celebrating the NBA title in two places at once – like Ezeli and Green did on Saturday.
Of course, Green made news for another reason anyway: he appeared on ESPN's College GameDay after making a record-setting $3.1 million donation to Michigan State's athletic department last week, which is actually more than the approximately $2.6 million that he has earned so far over the course of his three-year NBA career. Since some people complained about someone donating that much to athletics instead of their pre-approved charity of choice, it's worth noting that $2.1 million of that will go toward scholarships — say what you want about the NCAA, but I'm not going to complain about directing money toward scholarships.
What I will complain about is Green's poor football judgment in picking Michigan to lose to Oregon State (#GoBlue).