The Golden State Warriors made the NBA Finals once again. They play against the Boston Celtics and yes, Stephen Curry has a chance to earn another ring. This leads us all the way to the king of basketball. According to Draymond Green, facing LeBron James was quite a challenge and he didn’t like one particular comparison.
Green doesn’t believe that the 2022 Finals are nothing like the Finals his team had back in the days. Playoff LeBron is a different breed.
“It doesn’t compare to mentally playing against LeBron James, who I think is arguably the smartest guy to ever play this game,” Green told reporters. “Not one of. He’s arguably the smartest guy to step foot on a basketball court. And so to say it compares to that, it’s disrespectful to LeBron and it’s a lie to you [the media].”
Draymond Green did more than just bust the LeBron James comparison
Green and the Warriors won three finals against LeBron. He beat them in 2016, overcoming a 3-1 deficit. They may be rivals, but Green respects the four-time NBA champion.
“Everyone talks about when LeBron passes Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] does that make him the GOAT. I don’t think him becoming the No. 1 scorer makes him any more of the GOAT than he already is,” Green said on the March 25 episode of his podcast. “What I don’t like to get into is, ‘Oh, is LeBron the GOAT over Michael Jordan?’ No, LeBron is a GOAT and Michael Jordan’s a GOAT and they’re both incredible and they never played against each other. So how can we ever settle that?
“Like, it’s all subjective, and I hate that in sports. Like, no one’s running around talking about, ‘Well Google’s a better company than Apple’ or ‘Apple’s a better company than Amazon.’ No, we all just appreciate those companies for what they bring to this world. But yet we get in sports and we get in basketball and it gotta be LeBron James against Michael Jordan as the GOAT and who’s the best. They’re both incredible. They’re both great. They’re both GOATs.
“So when talking about the GOAT and which one, like man, that’s bullsh*t. Like I respect both of those guys. I appreciate both of those guys, and at some point, I hope this world of basketball catch up and appreciate that as well.”
LeBron earns these words of praise
King James has been a dominant figure in the world of basketball. He’s around for a couple of decades and knows the game really well. Both doubters and supporters appreciate everything LeBron has done so far. He changed the game and really affected the way young NBA players handle the environment.