Atlanta Hawks point guard bring young he became the latest player to have a contentious relationship with New York Knicks fans when Atlanta defeated the Knicks during the 2020-21 NBA Playoffs.

Young’s stardom soared during the series when he led Atlanta to a five-game victory over New York, and Knicks fans allowed him to do so at Madison Square Garden.

Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young (11) during Game 6 of the first round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics on April 27, 2023 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. (Adam Hagy/NBAE via Getty Images)

The series generated the perception of Young playing the role of the villain in the NBA, a subject of the forward for the Golden State Warriors. dramond green dove in with Young on the latest episode of «The Draymond Green Show.»

«New York Knicks fans are f——- delusional and miserable,» Green told Young. «And I love New York, so don’t shut me out of all your cities. But they’re tough. They’re a tough fan base.»


«You walk into The Garden, you hit the shots, you take bows. Every well-timed shot you need to make, you do. You’re making every play. And what I really think now, and I keep watching and I keep paying attention to is that you’re a great showman. But, however, that has changed. And again, speaking of schedules, to be this villain. And I’ll be the first to say it, being the villain sucks. It’s not fun.

«But when he comes up against you, you either give up or you go up against him, you go right into him. I went right into him. And people have now passed you off as this villain, when in fact, the way you shoot the ball , the way you play, they don’t vilify guys who do that. But they’ve done that to you.»

Draymond Green vs. the Rockets

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors during a game against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on March 20, 2023 in Houston. (Alex Bierens deHaan/Getty Images)

While Young seems to enjoy playing the role of villain, the two-time All-Star he told Green that he «doesn’t really like being like that.»


«Like you said, s—it’s not really fun to be a villain,» Young said when asked if he sometimes accepts the villain role.

«I really just feed off the crowd. I really don’t like being like this. But it’s been like that ever since. high school when I was in my mid-40s my senior year in high school. That’s kind of what it was. I would go to other stadiums and they would chant ‘overrated’ if I wasn’t scoring.

Draymond Green fouls Trae Young

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors fouls Trae Young (11) of the Atlanta Hawks during a game on March 25, 2022 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. (Adam Hagy/NBAE via Getty Images)

«I’m not like that kind of person,» Young added. «I’d rather just go out there, put on a show, have fun, smile and get the win. But if it happens that way, like you said, I’m not going to turn anything down.»


There may not be a player more suited to sympathize with Young on the subject of playing the villainous role than Green.

During the 2021-2022 NBA Finals, Green heard numerous chants of «f — you, Draymond» from the Boston Celtics crowd, drawing the ire of fans. sacramento kings fanbase after stomping on the chest of Domantas Sabonis during Golden State’s playoff series in April.