- Draymond Green said Tom Brady FaceTimed the US basketball team after they won gold in Tokyo.
- Green said the whole team was giddy, each taking the phone to talk to “the GOAT.”
- Green said the Tokyo gold win was personally fulfilling, and it also meant a lot to hear from Brady.
Even the world’s best basketball players get a little star-struck when football’s GOAT calls them.
Golden State Warriors big man Draymond Green told Los Angeles Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony on the podcast, “What’s In Your Glass?” that after winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics, he got a surprise Twitter DM from quarterback Tom Brady.
“He DM’ed me like, ‘Yo, congrats, let’s fucking go,'” Green told Anthony. Green, a three-time All-Star and two-time Olympic gold-medal winner, said he was so surprised to see a message from Brady that he told his Olympic teammate Kevin Durant. Durant then told Green to tell Brady to FaceTime them.
Green said within “10 seconds” Brady was calling, to the delight of the rest of the team.
“I think we all feel the same way: Brady’s the GOAT, man,” Green said. “I don’t care where you are — he a GOAT. Probably the GOAT. And so we’re all having the same reaction.”
Green told Anthony that soon, every member of the team was trying to take the phone to talk to the Buccaneers QB.
“K took the phone,” Green said, referring to Kevin Durant. “Then Dolla [Damian Lillard] sitting in front of me, Dolla take the phone. Bam [Adebayo] take the phone, Zach [LaVine]. Before you know it, 12 of us been on the phone, like, ‘Yo!'” Green said.
Green said Devin Booker took screenshots of the FaceTime to capture the moment. But because it all happened on Green’s phone, he beat his teammates to the punch in posting about the call.
Green told Anthony that winning gold at the 2020 Olympics was more personally fulfilling for him than the 2016 Olympics because Green played a larger role on the court.
“To actually play and contribute and have to play well in order to win — in 2016, if I did play, I didn’t have to play well, and most of the time I didn’t play — so to have to play well in order for us to win, it made it feel a little more personal to me,” Green said.
Because of the personal satisfaction he got from the Olympic gold medal, Green added, it meant a lot to hear from Brady, a seven-time champion.