Jason McIntyre: Tristan Thompson Punched Draymond Green at LA Club

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 31, 2018

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 06:  Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts as Tristan Thompson #13 and George Hill #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers look on during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 6, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson and Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green got into a physical altercation at a club in Los Angeles, online gossip site Bossip reported Tuesday.

The Big Lead's Jason McIntyre on July 19 teased the rumor of a fight between NBA players at an L.A. club and subsequently provided more detail:

Jason McIntyre @jasonrmcintyre

Draymond Green was not the aggressor, he was trying to make peace. Tristan felt embarrassed by the end of the Finals diss moment and just unloaded. Couple players i spoke here in LA/on social media went with, "about time"

Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic provided more insight into the incident:

"In what would be best told by the late great storyteller Charlie Murphy, the 'streets' turned out to be the swanky Delilah restaurant in West Hollywood on July 18. Both Green and Thompson were guests of LeBron for this ultra-exclusive affair—which prohibited phones and cameras. None of the attendees expected the on-the-court drama to flare back up in this setting.

"Which is why everyone was stunned when Thompson, according to sources, out of nowhere attacked Green.

"No argument. No squaring up. No taking it outside.

"'It was a sucker punch,' said one source who attended the party. 'But, to be honest, it wasn't really a punch. It was more like a shove.'"

Thompson noted the pair had to be separated but eventually calmed down and co-existed the rest of the evening.

Thompson was ejected during the Cavaliers' 124-114 overtime loss to the Warriors in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals. As Thompson was leaving the court, he and Green exchanged words before Thompson shoved the basketball in Green's face:

After the game, Green told reporters he wouldn't be willing to resolve any unfinished business with Thompson outside Oracle Arena, since he'd face potential repercussions from the NBA. However, the three-time All-Star forward said he "can meet [Thompson] in the streets any day," per USA Today Sports:

USA TODAY Sports @usatodaysports

Draymond Green on Tristan Thompson: "I can meet him in the streets any day" https://t.co/q5UgaTFdXK https://t.co/xIiFKepI1u

During the Warriors' championship parade, after they swept the Cavs in the Finals, Green referenced the incident and said during the NBC Sports Bay Area broadcast that he and Thompson "ain't cut the same" (via SportsCenter):

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

"He tried to shake my hand, I said 'Tristan, we ain't cut the same." –Draymond on not shaking hands with Tristan Thompson after Game 4. https://t.co/VJn82lYUsz

When LeBron James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in early July, it appeared the rivalry between the Cavaliers and Warriors ended. Cleveland is no longer a serious threat to Golden State's position as the league's best team.

Based on the reported fight between Thompson and Green, the bad blood may not subside anytime soon.


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