Let's lay out some facts:
I do not like Draymond Green. I respect his role and what he brings to the team, but that "role" requires him to be wildly insufferable a vast majority of the time.
I do like Paul Pierce. He's had a hell of a career, and he's exuded the perfect amount of cockiness, charisma, and swagger throughout it.
That said, I pride myself on my objectivity and to call this chirp anything less than a burn of epic proportions would simply be disingenuous. It felt a tad unnecessary to throw (seemingly) unprovoked haymakers at a future Hall Of Famer - that didn't even play - during the first minute of a 1-0 game, but the questionable timing doesn't take away from the 600 degree content. I don't know Draymond Green's shooting percentage when it comes to shots fired, but that shit talk was the equivalent of a flaming bag of poop. He just went right at 'The Truth' and - whether Paul Pierce wants to admit it or not - hurt him with it.
You see, every good insult is at least semi-rooted in fact, and there is little to no doubt that Paul Pierce wishes he had the prestige of a Kobe Bryant. I'm not saying that he had any interest in going around to every building in the league getting showered with gifts like the baby Jesus. If he wanted to have a farewell tour then he probably would have been more matter-of-fact about it being his final season, and he likely would have been more well received on the road. He seems pretty content in just riding things out as an end-of-the-bench, veteran presence on a good team which - in many ways - is a hell of a lot more commendable than stunting the growth of young players on a bad team for an entire season by being the consummate jackass at the park who shoots the ball every time he touches it.
Be that as it may, you have to believe the Paul Pierce wanted more out of the twilight of his career than going out like a whisper in the wind. As someone who had the same type of cutthroat competitiveness as the guy he went to battle against in multiple NBA Finals I would imagine it stings to ride off into the sunset playing 11 minutes a night and averaging 3.5 points per game. I'm sure he's not consumed with jealousy or anything, but it's not something that hasn't crossed his mind.
So yeah, I do have to tip my cap to Draymond for hitting him in his soft spot like all good trash talkers do....even if he didn't make the entirety of the game before I had to slam that same cap on the ground as the least subtle cocksucker in sports tried to bicycle kick his competition...