Nick Young MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 22: Nick Young #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a play during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on December 22, 2016 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)

Draymond Green really is Donkey. The Warriors forward wanted to draw free agent shooting guard Nick Young to Golden State, so he channeled one of Shrek‘s enduring lessons: everybody loves cake.

Several Warriors helped in recruiting Young to the team. He eventually signed a one-year deal, although he had to address some old tweets about bandwagon Warriors fans.

Green was one of the lead recruiters, and part of his pitch included free championship cake on the Fourth of July. That apparently stood out to Young more than anything.

Here’s how Young told the story to media on Friday, via Anthony Slater of the Bay Area News Group:

“It was Fourth of July, [Draymond] told me, ‘Come hang out.’ It was a different feeling because I’m Swaggy P. People like me. But nobody really paid attention to me that day when I was hanging out with those guys. It was a little different. I was like, ‘Dang, this what it feel like?’

“They was getting free championship cake. I think they set it up. We were eating dinner and somehow they were getting championship cake and congratulations. I’m just sitting there like, ‘Man, seems cool. This is what you get when you’re a Warrior.’ The manager comes down, ‘Oh no, the bill is on us. You did enough this year.’ I just felt good.”

Young was also the victim of a beautiful troll job on Twitter by new teammate Kevin Durant, but he decided not to give KD “first little champion pass” and not retaliate.


About Jesse Kramer

Jesse is a writer and editor for The Comeback. He has also worked for and runs The Catch and Shoot, a college basketball website based in Chicago. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Follow Jesse on Twitter @Jesse_Kramer.