The city of Cleveland waited a really long time—52 years!—to finally celebrate a championship. So when the Cavaliers pulled off an NBA Finals win over the Warriors last summer, they were due to talk some trash. And the Cavaliers have done just that in recent months, most notably trolling Steph Curry and the Warriors during LeBron James' Halloween party back in October by baking some cookies that were made to look like tombstones for Curry and Klay Thompson.
Thompson addressed those cookies a short time after photos of them started to go viral and provided this lame response to them:
The Halloween bash also featured this decoration which was made to commemorate the 3-1 lead that Golden State infamously choked away during the Finals, which is something you may have heard mentioned once or twice in the time since then:
And that's not all! After the Cavaliers beat the Warriors on Christmas Day, we also learned that the party featured a Curry dummy that guests had to step over to get inside. When the Cavs decided that they were going to troll the Warriors, they really went all the way.
Outside of Thompson's initial response to the cookies, the Warriors have more or less shied away from feeding into the Cavs' trolling. But during a recent appearance on the NBA A to Z podcast, Thompson was once again asked about the cookies, the 3-1 sign, the dummy, and Golden State's reaction to it all, since the Cavaliers and Warriors are set to meet for the second time this season on Monday night. And this time around, he gave a slightly better response (Thompson's trash-talking could definitely use some work) and called the Cavs "childish" in the process.
"It's obviously not respectful, so it's got to be on the other side of the spectrum, so that's fine with us," Thompson said. "They can do that childish stuff. It doesn't matter to us. All we've got to do is handle it on the court, you know?"
Thompson was also asked if the cookies were a topic of discussion when the Cavaliers and Warriors played on Christmas, and he said they weren't. But he suggested that they should have been and said that he would like to see the Warriors play with more of en edge from now on when they play the Cavaliers because of the cookies.
"No, it didn't [come up on the court in the Christmas Day game]. But shoot, it might have [to]. I mean, I still think we need to play with more of an edge next time we see them...I mean when we won the championship, though, we didn't do some stuff like that. But that's OK. People are built differently. We're not going to—I'm not going to hold it against them. I'm just going to go out there, and we just want to beat them down next time we see them. That's how it is. Hold that in the memory bank, and just remember that they do that stuff...It's a good rivalry, and it's good for the NBA. It makes it more fun, you know? It's rare in pro sports you get rivalries like this, so we enjoy it, and we embrace it."
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that we are all talking about cookies and Halloween decorations, which makes this all seem so silly. And yet, we get the sense that, regardless of who wins on Monday night or who ultimately wins the title in June, we are going to be hearing about these cookies and Halloween decorations for months and maybe even years to come.