Draymond Green is an NBA champion for a second time. With that success comes . . . humility? Nah. But it does seem to have made him a better winner.

Green decided to pull some verbal punches after his Warriors blew past the Cavaliers in five games in Part 3 of the teams’ NBA Finals trilogy. Specifically, Green decided not to respond to some of the “junk” he heard from some adversaries during the series.

He laid out his reasoning thusly:

 

 

 

 

 

Green was even forgiving of the referees who made life rough for him at times during the Finals.

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“So, you look at officiating, it’s one of the most, like, an exact science as you can come up with. Stuff just happens on the fly, you’re talking, no disrespect to those guys, but you’re talking about mostly 40- and 50-year-old guys trying to keep up with 18- to 30-year-olds. Like, that’s tough to do,” Green told reporters. “So I think they were great. They did the best they could. I don’t really look at it and say, ‘Oh, man, they were out to get us or they were cheating us,’ like the most aggressive teams get calls, and that’s just the way the game has always gone.”

If Green is making nice with the officials, then he’s in a really good place.