Draymond Green got the last laugh when it came to his legacy and his podcast.
After the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics in Game 6 on Thursday night to win the NBA Finals — the team's fourth title since 2015 — Green didn't wait to record his podcast from his hotel room, which he had been doing all series.
No, he posted up in the press room at the TD Garden to record his podcast.
The latest episode had a stacked lineup with, unsurprisingly, some of the stars of the Warriors. Green opened up with Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala before chatting with Gary Payton II.
Green took a lot of heat during the Finals for his postgame podcasting, with some claiming he was more focused on that than the actual games. A reporter even asked Green after Game 3 if he gave away trade secrets while he published episodes the day after games with the Celtics, which Green denied.
Green kept firm on his promise to continue recording his podcast and said he'd keep releasing episodes "win, lose, draw, hoisting the trophy, putting my ring on my finger, you name it."
It helped, too, that Green delivered his best game of the series in the Warriors' 103-90 win. Green finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two blocks. He even hit two 3-pointers.
Green calls out haters, explains 'the new media'
It wouldn't be a Green podcast without trash talk.
Green first called out ESPN, who he said gave the Warriors a 20 percent chance to win the Finals.
"Who makes those things? What is their job security like? Because you're lying to people. Is anyone held accountable these days? Are you crazy? Do you know who you're dealing with? It's us. To count us out like that is crazy to me. Where do ya'll get those numbers from?"
He then took aim at Fox Sports analyst Nick Wright for saying Steph Curry would never make another Finals, lambasting the Andrew Wiggins trade and flopping on his original take.
"Tell us why you thought that. Tell us why this whole series you've been yapping and yapping and then all of sudden you want to switch to the Dubs. Tell us why. 'Cause what's in question is your basketball knowledge."
This took Green to his final soliloquy about the "new media," which he said is all about respect, integrity and sticking to your words. Green noted that the "new media" isn't just athletes making content because some just "start acting like the old media once they become the media."
"The new media is: A) Stand on your word. We don't apologize for our word. We don't flip. You stand on your word — good, bad or indifferent. We stand on that. B) We're not trying to create controversy.
"I'm not trying to align myself with a guy or two so I can fill some TV slots on the daily and create controversy. Basketball is a beautiful game. If you know the game of basketball, basketball will give you enough to talk about. Problem is all of these people talking about basketball that don't know basketball. And so what do you do? You chase controversy. The new media, we don't do that. That's why you see J.J. Reddick flourish. That's why you see C.J. McCollum flourish. That's why you see me flourishing. 'Cause we don't do that. We simply talk the game that we know. And embrace it. Teach. That's what these spots are about.
"We give flowers when flowers are due. We don't have to try to build a guy up for a week to tear him down next week so I have something to talk about. That's the new media. Respect. Integrity.
"You got fools like Kendrick Perkins dressing like a clown. Coming up here in a jail suit and then you leave the game early tonight. Stand on your word, brother. You gotta stand on that 'cause one things for certain I'm going to stand on mine."
Apologies from Kendrick Perkins and Nick Wright
Two of the people Green called out by name offered some sort of apology in the aftermath of the Warriors' victory. Perkins, a former NBA player and current ESPN analyst who was one of the first to criticize Green's performance and podcasting, offered a swift apology.
Well let me go ahead and get my apology out the way right now!!! I’m sorry Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors for the disrespect this season. God Bless America!
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) June 17, 2022
Wright added that Curry's first Finals MVP and fourth ring "removes any possible 'yeah, but' from Steph's resume."
"This removes any possible 'yeah, but' from Steph's resume. Steph had his greatest Finals ever. He knew he needed this performance and he delivered it — and that is how you become one of the pantheon all-time greatest players ever."
— @getnickwright pic.twitter.com/Xa8ZwYMoe6
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) June 17, 2022
Pelicans guard C.J. McCollum, who told Green before Game 4 that picked the Celtics to win the Finals, even joked about having to apologize.