LeBron James on Draymond Green chatter: I didn’t start superteams
LeBron James and Draymond Green, pals off the court, have engaged in some spirited banter in the wake of the Golden State Warriors eliminating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals in five games. While one instance took a more whimsical tone, another one set James and Green on the path to a debate as to whether or not the Cavs superstar spawned the genesis of the superteam era.
James has taken issue with Green’s claim that he started the superteam craze. Green, speaking at the Warriors’ victory parade Thursday, called out James, saying, “You started the superteam, bro!”
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Green’s comments were inspired by James arguing after Game 5’s elimination game that he has never played on a superteam.
LeBron "I've never been on a super team, this isn't a super team" pic.twitter.com/9u2FERk33e
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James, during an appearance on the “Road Trippin'” podcast, hosted by teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye along with sideline reporter Allie Clifton, disputed the notion he started the superteam craze.
“No,” James said of Green’s accusation, via ESPN. “No. I mean in 2003, the Lakers combined Karl Malone, Gary Payton, Shaq and Kobe. And in ’96, when Jordan was retired, the Rockets joined Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler all on the same team.
“But I don’t look at it as … I definitely didn’t start the superteam, if that’s what he’s trying to say. But I just feel like that it’s great that on the day you’re celebrating your championship, my likeness and my name is in your head. I love that.”
James certainly makes some compelling points. But it goes without saying Green struck a nerve with his chatter. This of course comes after this hilarious back and forth between Green and James on social media, which was inspired by Green’s “Quickie” shirt at the parade and footage James posted on Instagram showcasing his freshly shaved head during a workout.
… which presumably elicited this response from Green.
See, isn’t it better when everyone plays nice?