'Petty King' Steph Curry, Warriors came for all the haters after winning the Finals

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If you come at the petty kings, you best not miss.

And after the Warriors won their fourth title together since 2015, they came for all the naysayers.

Steph Curry, the self-anointed Petty King himself, didn't just fill out the stat book during his 34-point Finals MVP performance in the Warriors' 103-90 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 6. He sprinkled jokes throughout the game — from pointing to his ring finger in the third quarter to signaling goodnight to the Celtics late in the fourth — before going for the jugular.

"I'm the petty king so I know all about everything and I use it as entertainment and just have fun with it," Curry said after the game. "The more you're on this stage the more you realize the attention that's on you, how much it means to each fanbase, how much it means to the cities. So, you can't really be surprised by anything because there's a lot of a stake for winning championships."

Curry's attacks extended to all corners of the internet. He posted an Instagram photo with the caption "Night Night" of him with the Larry O'Brien and MVP trophies next to him. He mimicked a "0" hand signal over his eye — directed at ESPN analysts Kendrick Perkins and Dominique Foxworth who made a similar gesture while claiming Curry wouldn't win another ring in the next four years.

Curry even told Yahoo Sports' Vincent Goodwill after the game he had three "Ayesha Can't Cook" shirts in his locker — a reference to when a Boston restaurant posted a sign that said Curry's wife wasn't a good chef before Game 4. Curry initially responded to that by wearing an "Ayesha Curry CAN Cook" shirt after scoring 43 points in the Warriors' 107-97 Game 4 win to even the series, but now he's touting the original slogan to mock those that doubted his wife's cooking.

Finally, Curry called out ESPN's Brian Windhorst for calling the Warrior's Game 5 win a "checkbook win" because they could afford better depth than the Celtics. Windhorst later explained he meant the comment as a compliment, but Curry didn't seem to take it that way.

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More Warriors get in on the mockery

To the victor go the spoils, and for the Warriors that didn't just mean another championship. It also meant the last laugh for all the jokes and diatribes directed at them throughout the season and the NBA Finals.

And Curry wasn't the only player to call out those that doubted his team.

The Warriors chanted "F— you, Draymond" in the locker room after the win — a callback to Celtics fans shouting obscenities at Draymond Green during Game 3. Klay Thompson and Steve Kerr called the fans "classy" for the crowds' behavior, but Green and the Warriors got the last laugh and rallied to win the series in front of those same Boston fans.

Green had a few moments of petty of his own after the game. Not only did he go after ESPN, Fox Sports analyst Nick Wright and the "old media" on his podcast in the Finals press room, he also tweeted an homage to Jaylen Brown's "The energy is about to shift" tweet from Jan. 31 following the Celtics' 26-25 start to the season. Green put his own spin on the quote.

And then he put his own spin on the Celtics' banner T-shirt distributed to fans before Game 4.

Thompson mentioned one specific moment that fueled him throughout the postseason and individually called Memphis Grizzles' forward Jaren Jackson Jr. a "bum" and a "clown" after the game for tweeting "strength in numbers" after the Grizzlies beat the Warriors in the regular season this year.

"This was a collective effort and 'strength in numbers' is alive and well," Thompson said. "There was this one player who tweeted 'strength in numbers' after they beat us in the regular season and it pissed me off so much. I can't wait to retweet that thing. Freaking bum. I had to watch that like, this freaking clown. ... You're to mock us? You ain't ever been there before, bro. We've been there. We know what it takes. So to be here again — hold that."

No more doubting Golden State

Coincidentally, the Warriors are already the betting favorites to win the 2023 NBA Finals. BetMGM gave Golden State +550 odds to take home another title, closely followed by their 2022 Celtics opponents with +650 odds.

Curry, Thompson and Green will be back, and pivotal role players like Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole should be as well despite jokingly claiming they're "about to get a bag" following their first-ever championship.

A lot can change in a year, though. The Warriors opened at +1200 odds last July and peaked at +450 during the All-Star break before tumbling to +1000 odds before the postseason started.

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors got the last laugh after winning the Finals. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors got the last laugh after winning the Finals. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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