LEBRON James continued the verbal jousting with Draymond Green in his appearance in the “Road Trippin’” podcast hosted by his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye along with sideline reporter Allie Clifton.
In the episode released Friday (Saturday, Manila time), the Cavs trio discussed in length Green’s words and shirt at the Golden State Warriors’ championship parade and rally in Oakland on Thursday.
Green wore a T-shirt that read ‘Quickie’ with the ‘Q’ styled to mimic Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena in a nod to the quick work the Warriors did to dispose of the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals and payback for James’ ‘Ultimate Warrior’ shirt last year in the Cavs’ own championship parade.
The outspoken Warriors forward countered James’ claim that he never played in a superteam, saying the Cavs’ star started the trend. James fired back with a few examples of superteams before he even joined All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami seven seasons ago.
"No, no," James responded when Clifton brought up Green’s assertion. "In 2003, the Lakers combined Karl Malone, Gary Payton, Shaq and Kobe. In '96, when [Michael] Jordan was retired, the Rockets joined Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, all on the same team.
“I definitely didn't start the superteam, if that's what he is trying to say, but it's just great that the day you're celebrating your championship, my likeness and my name is in your head. I love that," he added, taking satisfaction that Green still had James on his mind even after winning the NBA title.
Frye and Jefferson agreed with James’ point as the superteams the four-time MVP helped create in Miami in 2010 and Cleveland in 2014 were different because these were teams not contending for the championship before the arrival of major talent.
On the other hand, the Rockets and Lakers teams James mentioned had a common theme with the present-day Warriors as these all featured a championship-winning core that added top stars for another title run.
"People forget, when you went to Miami, they had just lost in the first round. And you added Chris Bosh. I just remember when people talk about superteams and this and that and putting people together, it would have been like if you had joined the Boston Celtics after you had lost to them,” said Jefferson.
“To put it in comparison, the Golden State Warriors have been the best team the last three years. They broke NBA records for the last three years, and they added probably the second-best talent in the NBA," he added.
The Cavs trio also addressed Green’s jab at James’ new bald look, with the three-time champ denying it was the loss to the Warriors that inspired the change.
"It feels good, doesn't it?" said Jefferson, who has gone with the bald look practically his entire NBA career, while Frye joked that it made James look ’10 pounds lighter.’
"I've been feeling good," James added, pointing out that he had been planning on shaving his head for some time and not just because of the Warriors. "If that was the case, I would've grown an afro.”
They also had good things to say about Finals MVP Kevin Durant, and eventually had respect for Green for ‘doing his job.’
"He's a talent of his own. A guy that's damn-near 7-foot that handles the ball the way he does, the athletic ability that he has and the shooting, the ability to shoot the ball from anywhere -- he's just a rare talent that our league hasn't seen," said James on Durant.
"Draymond is a good dude. Can he be annoying as f--k? Yes. That's what he does. It's part of his charm. Do I wish bad things on him? No," added Jefferson on Green.