June 13, 2016, 6:40 am
We now know which piece of Draymond Green’s trash talk crossed the line, at least by the standards of LeBron James.
Marc Spears of The Undefeated is reporting that “Green looked James dead in the face and called him a ‘b—-.'”
With this little piece of news now out there, the immediate reaction seems to paint LeBron as being hypersensitive. While it’s obviously unpleasant and most people, Charles Barkley included, wouldn’t tolerate someone calling them such a name, it seems like a bit of an overreaction.
Given LeBron’s prominence and time spent as the best player on planet Earth, he’s been sporting a bullseye on his back for a very long time. It’s hard to believe that he hasn’t heard much, much worse from other players over the years yet it’s only now ‘crossing the line.’ The fact that it’s the Finals helps to feed the fire, but it doesn’t dispel the theory that Cleveland has been trying its best to bait Draymond Green into earning his (deserved) suspension. If not for the posturing, it might be very hard to find Cavaliers that are truly offended by what Green allegedly said on the court.
For Green’s part in all this, he absolutely should have known better than to take a swipe and jaw at James after being stepped over. He should also stop somehow connecting with opponents’ groins every time he flails even though it’s never intentional. Many thought he was playing on borrowed time after skirting real discipline for kicking Steven Adams in the Western Conference Finals and it finally caught up to him.
James said the stepover was not meant to bait Green and that he was unaware of the fact that Draymond was one flagrant away from a suspension. That idea is laughable, considering how fiercely intelligent LeBron is.
For all of the hoopla that is sure to come, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said it best.
“The trash-talking happens. But if you’re winning the game, you should talk trash. Do something about it.”