Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green says he and his fiancee have received death threats after he missed a three-pointer that could have sealed his team the NBA title.
LeBron James passed the ball to an open Green with 7.1 seconds left during Friday night’s Game 5 of the NBA finals. If he had sunk the three-pointer the Lakers would have led by two points, instead the Miami Heat closed out the game and trail 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.
Green and his fiancee, Blair Bashen, are apart while the guard plays inside the NBA bubble but they soon discovered they had both received threats on social media.
“I had to ask, ‘Are you getting death threats?’ And she said, ‘Yeah, you are too,’ and I was like, I don’t know, because I don’t really pay attention or care,” said Green ahead of Sunday’s Game 6. “Nor am I upset, shaken or worried about it. I’m just not one of those types of people. I probably should be a little more paranoid or safe about things.”
The 33-year-old Green said he is more concerned about winning the NBA title.
“I’ve been conditioned to everything that I’ve gotten throughout the whole year and throughout most of the bubble season on social media, it was nothing new to me so it didn’t really matter,” he said. “It didn’t phase me. Didn’t care. Just ignore it. Those people’s opinions don’t matter to me. The only people in that locker room and on this roster are the opinions that are relevant and that matter to me. And if they’re still confident in me and still encouraged and still believe in me and believe in us, that’s all that matters to me: that we can get this thing done.”
Green is a 40% three-point shooter over his career but has made just 27.3% of shots from beyond the arc during this year’s finals.
“It’s a basketball game,” said Green. “People are emotional, fans are emotional. I hope they don’t take it that seriously. I hope they are that passionate about voting or getting justice for these people who deserve justice or get some better change along in the country. But it’s a basketball game at the end of the day and I know that they’re just taking out their emotions and they need somebody to blame and it came down to that last play and, of course, I’m the easy target.”