Over the course of the last few seasons, LeBron James and Draymond Green have had quite a few public spats, both on the court and on social media.
Since Green’s Golden State Warriors and James’ Cleveland Cavaliers have met three-straight times in the NBA Finals, one would expect tension to boil over at some point, and through hilariously-petty behavior, each superstar has gotten the best of the other at certain times.
James mocked Green and the Warriors by donning an “Ultimate Warrior” t-shirt at Cleveland’s victory parade after beating them in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. He then went on to troll them again at his Halloween party, serving cookies that read “3-1”, referencing the 3-1 lead that the Warriors blew in part due to Green’s suspension, which shifted the momentum in the series.
At the Warriors’ victory parade this past summer, Green called out James specifically in front of the giant crowd of people that showed up,saying, “They want to talk about superteam this, superteam that, 'I never played on a superteam. You started the superteam, bro!” Green was also wearing a t-shirt that read “Quickie”, referencing Golden State’s 4-1 Finals win by trolling the name of Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.
James was quick to respond with a classic, “that’s what she said” joke and seemed to take the jab with a laugh.
While the two have traded some pettiness and have trash-talked during their passion-filled games against each other, it seems as though they respect each other.
Off to an 8-7 start, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been perhaps the most confusing and disappointing team in the NBA so far this season. Heading into Wednesday night’s game against the Hornets, LeBron was averaging 38.1 minutes per game, his highest mark since the 2010-2011 season. After losing Kyrie Irving in a shocking blockbuster trade at the end of the offseason, the new-look Cavs have simply not clicked and have not yet benefitted from their prized compensation for Irving: Isaiah Thomas, who was one of the best all-around scorers in the league last year. He is out indefinitely with a hip injury.
When asked about whether or not Cavs fans should be panicking right now, Green referenced LeBron’s minutes as the area of concern. After all, King James is 33 years old and is in his 15th NBA season already.
“I don't think anyone should be panicking 12 games in, or 13 games in," he told Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports. However, there are some glaring concerns with them. And at the same time, you're missing a 30-point (per game) player (in Isaiah Thomas) on the bench who's hurt. So my concern would be that LeBron is playing so many minutes right now.”
"Yeah, he's super human but eventually his super human powers go away, so that would be more of my concern if I'm a Cavs fan or somebody with the Cavs or a player, is like 'Man, he's been playing a lot of 40 minute (nights) and it's only Nov. 12.' But I wouldn't be pressing the panic button just yet. At the end of the day, they know how to win. They've got a guy who knows how to win, so I wouldn't necessarily press the panic button. I would see certain things and I would panic about those certain things, just because … I don't think nobody should be playing 40 minutes a game in November," Green said.
It’s worth mentioning that Green has averaged 29.9 minutes per game this season for the 11-3 Warriors. That’s his lowest mark in that regard since the 2013-2014 campaign. Although they’re in two entirely different situations and are different types of players, we will see if Tyronn Lue continues to give LeBron massive minutes all season long or not.