Frank Clark grew up a fan of Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. He went to high school eight miles away from the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Yet on Friday, when Clark will be in attendance at Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Cavs and Warriors, the Seahawks defensive end will be rooting for Golden State, and more specifically, for power forward Draymond Green.
"My boy Draymond, we kind of grew as friends in college," Clark said Thursday following the Seahawks' final set of Organized Team Activities at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center. "He went to Michigan State, I went to Michigan, so the rivalry was there but at the same time we were always friends."
The pair played different sports in college, of course, but still liked to talk "a lot of trash" to each other over text message, a back-and-forth that Clark says has continued to this day between himself, Green, and other professional athletes.
"I've got a big group message with friends in the NFL and NBA and all we do is talk trash," Clark said. "But when it comes to support, that support system there's nothing like it. [Green's] supported us at times and you don't even know it. He's been a Seahawks supporter when were playing games against other opponents and I'm going to be a supporter for him, and I'm going to continue to do that."
Clark, who attended Cleveland's Glenville High School, said he plans to catch Friday's game at Quicken Loans Arena with family. The Warriors currently hold a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven slate, with the Cavs taking this past Wednesday's contest down in convincing fashion. But despite the most-recent result between the two sides, Clark doesn't see Cleveland winning another game this series.
"I've got Golden State, 4-1," he said. "That's my prediction."