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Draymond Green mocks notion teams can knock off Warriors

Draymond Green laughed off the notion that any team honestly believes they can knock off the Golden State Warriors, mockingly suggesting “teams know they don’t have a (expletive) clue.”

Green recently sat down for a series of interviews with GQ’s Clay Skipper and it’s abundantly clear the outspoken reigning Defensive Player of the Year views the Warriors as without a legitimate peer in the entire NBA.

Green stated his case while reacting to comments made this past offseason by one NBA team executive. In doing so, Green essentially laughed off what he clearly perceives as foolish hope on behalf of any squad that thinks they can run with the Warriors.

“It’s so funny sitting back and watching this (expletive),” he starts, before pausing to pull his phone out of his jeans, looking through the Golden State Warriors’ group chat. (The team has one, and the Hampton Five—Green, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, and Kevin Durant, the five guys that were in the Hamptons in the summer of 2016 to recruit KD—has another.) He wants to relay something that Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey had said in an interview, reacting to the Warriors’ title. The team had texted it to each other: “They are not unbeatable. There have been bigger upsets in sports history. We are going to keep improving our roster. We are used to long odds. If Golden State makes the odds longer, we might up our risk profile and get even more aggressive. We have something up our sleeve.”

Then he pauses, scoffing at Morey’s comments.

“What the (expletive) you talking about?” he says to me. “They are really trying to rethink their whole strategy”—here he bumps a table repeatedly with his hand for emphasis, getting excited—“because teams know they don’t have a (expletive) clue.”

The Warriors head into the 2017-18 season as arguably unquestioned favorites to win a third title in four years next June. While Green’s bold bravado is indeed provocative, there’s one troubling thing about it, at least as it pertains to the rest of the NBA: What he said might actually be true.