Danny Green remembers Klay Thompson's injury in the NBA Finals and his reputation as a villain on the Warriors – NBC Sports Bay Area & California

It's been about five years since Klay Thompson tore his anterior cruciate ligament in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, and Danny Green still thinks about the pain it caused him, the Warriors and their fans.

Of course, Green inadvertently caused the ACL tear when he fouled the Golden State guard on an emotional night in which the Raptors left Oracle Arena as first-time NBA champions.

Speaking to Draymond Green on “The Draymond Green Show” on Friday, Danny recalled the game and the consequences that have overshadowed his NBA career ever since.

“I appreciate you, man,” Danny said to Draymond. “I appreciate you having me. I'm glad there's some kind of love on this side of the coast, I guess in the Bay Area. I was asked earlier today – I did a radio hit – 'Is there any organization that hates you?' I couldn't think of one until [it] it was tweeted that I was on your show. And I was like, “Damn.” There's only one organization that makes fans say, “Nah.” They don't participate in that.

“But I understand. I understand it. Five years ago, I hoped some of them would forget or forget. I'm not an unfair player.”

The former Raptors guard is well aware of the reception he will receive from Dub Nation and has also publicly stated that he wishes this game had never happened.

Fortunately, Thompson was able to return to the NBA – despite a torn Achilles tendon that ended his 2020 season – and help the Warriors defeat the Boston Celtics in the 2022 NBA Finals. That had to take some pressure off the three-time NBA champion, knowing that Thompson's career was not over and was blossoming at this point.

Danny hopes Warriors fans can see him in a better light now that the dust has settled a bit. Golden State players who competed in the 2019 Finals, like Draymond and Andre Iguodala, never looked askance at Danny, whatever that means.

Regardless, Danny made it clear that he has nothing but love for Dub Nation, and he admires Draymond immensely for his perseverance. real Negativity from virtually all NBA fans, every night.

“I can't imagine what it's like to be the bad guy every night in every arena,” Danny said to Draymond. “So, lots of flowers, lots of praise to you, brother. The only [fan base] “I don't like that at all, they're Golden State fans, but still lots of love for the fans everywhere. No love lost.”

The Greens agree that there is no resentment over what happened in the 2019 NBA Finals.

Hopefully the Dub Nation can collectively join in peace and harmony.

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