The NBA finals were an emotionally charged event as the Cleveland Cavaliers staged an incredible comeback against the Golden State Warriors. As the Wine and Gold bounced back from 3-1 down, one of the continuing narratives was the behaviour of Draymond Green and his back and forth with LeBron James.
Green has long been known for his trash talking and passionate personality on the floor, but sometimes it can boil over. It cost the Warriors dearly in the finals and it clearly annoyed LeBron, who rose to challenge put in front of him to claim Cleveland's first title.
Speaking to Draft Kings recently, via Bleacher Report, the Warriors All-Star said it was all part of the game, and the so-called bad blood remained on the court, claiming the two were friends and business partners.
"A lot of people try to make it out to be, you know, with LeBron and I, that there's this beef, and this, that and the other...It's not. Me and LeBron are friends. We're business partners. Nonetheless, when I step on the court next year, I'm gonna go at him. When he steps on the court next year, he's gonna go at me. That's the game we play. It's not about 'Oh, you're doing this. You're doing that.' Off the court is off the court, and on the court is on the court.
"What happens on the court also stays on the court. And at the end of the day, you're competing for a championship. Things are going to happen because there's a lot of emotion that go into that, there's a lot of hard work. And you're going to do whatever you can to try to win. There isn't this beef that people try to make it out to be. But if they want to make it out be... if that helps them sleep at night, then that's OK."
There is a lot of substance to what Green says. NBA players are becoming closer by the day. While the rivalries between franchises remain, more friendships are growing between members of different organisations. There can still be issues but the emotions are usually left on the court.