The Thompson family has certainly had a lot to say about LeBron James in the past few days following his controversial clash with Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green.
The altercation occurred in game four of the NBA Finals and as Green was subsequently awarded a flagrant foul, the All-Star was forced to miss the Warriors' 112-97 game five loss to the Cavaliers due to reaching the limit of flagrant fouls in the postseason.
LeBron hasn't covered himself in glory since the incident and insisted that Green went a little too far with the name calling and he couldn't stand for it. What ensued saw James 'step over' a downed Green, who responded with a swipe at the four-time MVP's nether-regions.
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According to sources of The Undefeated, Green looked James dead in the face and called him a “b—-.”
One NBA player in earshot of the trash-talk told The Undefeated that James responded by saying that he was the father of three kids and a man.
Green responded back, according to the player, by saying: “You’re still a b—-.”
King James went unpunished for his part in the ugly scuffle, but his comments about what happened have brought widespread criticism from the Golden State roster.
"Guys talk trash in this league all the time," Klay Thompson said. "I'm just kind of shocked some guys take it so personal. Obviously, people have feelings and people's feelings get hurt even if they're called a bad word. I guess his feelings just got hurt."
It appears as though Klay's father echoes his son's sentiments. Mychal Thompson played for the Portland Trail Blazers from 1978–86, before joining the San Antonio Spurs for half of a season in 1986 and finishing his career with the Lakers from 1986–91. He ended his career as a two-time NBA champion and a well respected forward.
After hearing James complain that Green took things too far, Mychal has suggested that LeBron would never have lasted in the physical and intense NBA climate of the 80's.
Mychal asked: "Are we now this PC that we can't trash talk on the court?"
"Are you freaking kidding me? Who complains to the media about being called a name?"
“LeBron couldn't have survived in the 80s with the physicality and the words guys said to each other back then,” Thompson said, according to The Mercury-News’ Diamond Leung. “We all respect LeBron’s ability...but man, sometimes he acts too entitled like he's supposed to get everything he wants.”
LeBron has a chance to answer his critics in the best way when game six takes place at the Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday night. If he can produce a stat line like game five, which included 41 points, then that will go some way to silencing his critics.