“Cleveland! This is for you!” – said LeBron through tears after delivering the franchise's first-ever championship. You all know the story; the Warriors were up 3-1, and the Cavs pulled off a historic comeback, becoming the first team ever to overcome such deficit in the Finals series.
So what happened? Was there a decisive moment when the whole series shifted? Well, some would say so. Some would describe Draymond's suspension in game 5 as the momentum switching moment. Many believe that if Green had played in game 5, the series would've been over right there. But chippiness between him and LeBron escalated, changing the entire shape of the series.
After their altercation on the floor, the two had to be separated by refs and teammates. It was the ultimate lack of respect moment by LeBron as he stepped over Draymond while the latter was lying on the floor. Green responded with a couple of swings towards James, but it was what he said that hit LeBron rather than Draymond's fists.
“Some of the words that came out of his mouth was a little overboard. Being a guy with pride, a guy with three kids, things of that nature, some things just go overboard. That’s where he took it.”
Word on the street is Draymond took it one step too far, calling James a "b****" a few times in his face. It wasn't about the trash-talk anymore, as James felt Draymond showed the ultimate level of disrespect towards him as a man. A neutral observer would probably say that was it in terms of the relationship between the two, but as we know, that hasn't been the case.
In fact, it seems that the relationship between the two is better than ever. It all started in 2019 when Draymond officially signed with a new representation agency in Klutch Sports that also represents LeBron James. It's the agency, founded by LeBron's guy in Rich Paul. And no, I'm not saying that LeBron had to give his approval on the move, nor that's how Paul runs his business. The NBA looked into it and found no rules violations, remember?
But the fact is, both Green and James are now represented by the same guy. The same guy who is a part of LeBron's inner circle. It's the ultimate platform for developing relationships. Having the same representation agency develops bonds like no other in the NBA. Some even exceed chemistry developed in the locker room. At the end of the day, you're trusting the same guy with your career. There has to be some sort of a relationship behind it.
And as it turns out, there is. You can see it with Draymond appearing on The Shop, the official HBO series made in collaboration with LeBron James and Maverick Carter's Uninterrupted. That, combined with the fact that they're both represented by Rich Paul, proves that the two have developed a relationship after the altercation back in 2016. You still don't believe me? Well, look at what Draymond had to say about LeBron.
“He's arguably the greatest player of all-time. Look at his resume; it's flawless.”
Draymond Green, First Take
No one can convince me Draymond would've said this three or four years ago. Especially after going on a historic run with the likes of Steph and KD, who both want to be on the same level as James. Praising LeBron instead is the ultimate testimony to the relationship between the two.
It's an interesting dynamic. Going from calling someone a b-word to declaring him arguably the greatest ever to play is a diverting turn of events. But it does give some weight to his words, that's for sure. Rich Paul seems to be an excellent matchmaker, don't you think?