Danny Green opened up about the death threats he received from Los Angeles Lakers fans after Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
The forward of the Lakers, who received severe criticism for the missed three-pointer in the finals seconds of Game 5 against the Miami Heat, said the situation was not easy for him.
“I don’t like to use the term dark time for me or dark place. I don’t like to look at things on a negative context or in a negative light I would always try to find the positive.
But I do say is it was tough and it wasn’t easy. Being in LA some months previous to being in the bubble and being a part of the Lakers organization, I know what comes with it.
I was used to the criticism and things like that. But when you’re the only sport playing at one point and everything is focused on you guys and basketball, everything is more magnified. So it’s tough man. It’s a tough situation, it was tough times and it wasn’t easy being in that area, being in the scenario.
But now we’ve gotten used to it and adapted to it a little bit so if it happens again, obviously, we know how to operate in it. But hopefully it doesn’t happen again.
It wasn’t easy, it was tough. It’s a lot of stuff that I don’t take seriously. It wasn’t the first time I’ve gotten threats or criticism. I’ve got threats before and cussing in every city I’ve played in so it’s part of the game it comes with it, it comes with the territory so just take it for what it is block out the noise, block the accounts of fake people trying to message you whatever ignore everything else trying to stay off social media.
Try to stay off of sports channels, basketball talk, and try to escape as best as you can while you’re in there and stay fresh so that when you do play the game, you’re not burnt out,” Green told Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints during his appearance on the Battle for LA Podcast.
Green and the Lakers eventually won the series 4-2 and the title.