“They Don’t Love You Like That… You Thought You Was Kobe (Bryant)”: Draymond Green Once Roasted Paul Pierce for Trash Talking to Him in an NBA Game’s First Minute

Published 12/29/2021, 6:30 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 12: Paul Piece #34 of the Boston Celtics is guarded by Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Four of the 2008 NBA Finals on June 12, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. 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 Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)


The world will always remember Kobe Bryant as an NBA legend. LA will always remain Kobe Bryant’s city because of what he did for the Lakers franchise. However, when another NBA legend retires in the city of LA, he doesn’t receive the same treatment as Kobe does. Naturally, LA was Kobe’s own city, and everybody adores him to this day.

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But facing the fact that just because a legend isn’t Kobe, he will not get any respect at all, is just the type of thing an NBA player might use to get into someone’s head.

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Insanely enough, this actually happened with Paul Pierce back in his final NBA season. And who else other than the Warriors defensive monster Draymond Green would use that to get into his head during a game. The trash-talking during games is a part of what makes the spirit of the game for the NBA. And Draymond Green embodies that spirit.

When Draymond Green reminded Paul Pierce that he wasn’t Kobe Bryant

In the final season of his NBA career, Paul Pierce’s LA Clippers faced Draymond Green and the Warriors at the Staples Center. When Pierce started trash-talking from the bench in the very first minute, Draymond got triggered. He said, “Chasing that farewell tour, they don’t love you like that. You can’t get no farewell tour coz they don’t love you like that… You thought you was Kobe.” 

Dec 23, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts after a foul during the third quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

We know Draymond Green for his aggression and physicality on the court and that aggression often turns into trash talk. It’s like he can flip a switch to become the Incredible Hulk in games so you don’t want to poke that bear. Pierce made that mistake, but remained clueless about what Green had to say. Later after the game when he realized it, Pierce roasted him and the Warriors on Twitter in response.

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What did this mean for Paul Pierce and his legacy?

Paul Pierce played for Boston Celtics for most of his career. Considering that they are the Eastern Conference rivals for the Lakers, Boston players are generally not made to feel at home. Or well, at least not treated as a legend.

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So when Pierce retired in Los Angeles, he arguably did not get the amount of applause for his farewell that his career deserved. Was this a smart decision from Paul Pierce? Let us know what you think about it.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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