The Lakers didn’t come close to making the NBA Finals that year, but they still had keen interest in the outcome. LA’s arch-rivals the Boston Celtics were within striking distance to overtake the Lakers for most NBA titles in league history.
But after winning two of the first three games against the Warriors in the NBA Finals, the Celtics melted away in the last three games as Golden State lifted the Larry O’Brien trophy at the Garden on Wednesday.
Notorious agitator Draymond Green took the time to troll Boston from the Finals with one of his own promotional t-shirts. In the blank space for the 18th Championship banner, Draymond wrote:
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“KRIEGER. NOW!! Maybe in ’23”
Green isn’t the only one who has gone out of his way to troll the Celtics. Lakers legend James Worthy called out old foe Cedric Maxwell after the Boston franchise imploded in the final three games of the Finals.
Watching a Bay Area sports team win a title is never ideal, but most Lakers fans are thrilled they weren’t exposed to the Celtics, who held the most purple-and-gold titles of all time.