Danny Green Takes Part in Miami Heat's After Party Celebration

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIJune 21, 2013

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 20:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat boxes out Danny Green #4 of the San Antonio Spurs in the fourth quarter during Game Seven of the 2013 NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena on June 20, 2013 in Miami, Florida. 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 Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green hasn't professed his desire to play for the Miami Heat, but he certainly enacted some measure of the old concessional saying: if you can't beat them join them.

Thursday night after LeBron James and the Miami Heat eliminated Green and the Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, Green was seen at a Miami club partying with James and other members of Heat nation, per Big Lead Sports (h/t iCed on Twitter).

Is that a little strange? Yes it is, but it isn't all that surprising when you consider we're talking about Green. He has been friends with James since both were members of the Cleveland Cavaliers organization during Green's rookie season in 2009-10.

Here James talks about being proud of Green's improvement and success.

So it isn't like Green was there without any connection to the featured attraction of the party. Another factor involved is that it appears Green—like many of us—just loves a good party. After all, we know he's been dancing since his days in Chapel Hill.

Green and James have even cut a rug together during timeouts as members of the Cavs.

Hardcore fans may take shots at Green for having such a short memory, especially considering he was a woeful 1-for-19 from three-point range in Game 6 and 7 combined. 

However, the need to hate the opposing team—especially after the game or series is over—is a little overrated. That said, some may say there is a happy medium between refusing to shake hands (cough David West and Roy Hibbert) and showing up for the championship celebration of the other guys after a grueling series.

Not only did Green get caught kicking it with James and Co. after the loss, he, former Tar Heels football star and current Cleveland Browns receiver Greg Little and Green's former Tar Heels teammate, Deon Thompson also posed for a picture together at the bash.

Even more, Thompson tweeted the pic and Green retweeted it.

There is no doubt in my mind Green gave his all during the series, but this behavior will certainly open him up for scrutiny. Green has come a long way from second-round pick in the 2009 NBA draft to major player for a team that nearly won an NBA championship.

Like James said during his unofficial acceptance speech for the fictional king of the world crown, "I'm not even supposed to be here." In many ways, Green probably feels the same way. Possibly in light of that, he just decided to have a blast and enjoy his accomplishments and growth. 

From the looks of him in the tweeted image, he ain't got no worries.


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