Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green opened up about his supposed hostile relationship with Cavaliers star LeBron James in a video for DraftKings, saying that the two are friendly once they step off the court.
Green is known for having one of the most fiery personalities in the NBA and earned a suspension during the NBA Final after hitting James in the groin. However, he made it clear that the emotions that come out on the court stayed there.
“A lot of people try to make it out to be, you know, with LeBron and I, that there’s this beef, and this, that and the other... It’s not. Me and LeBron are friends. We’re business partners. Nonetheless, when I step on the court next year, I’m gonna go at him. When he steps on the court next year, he’s gonna go at me. That’s the game we play. It’s not about ‘Oh, you’re doing this. You’re doing that.’ Off the court is off the court, and on the court is on the court.
“What happens on the court also stays on the court. And at the end of the day, you’re competing for a championship. Things are going to happen because there’s a lot of emotion that go into that, there’s a lot of hard work. And you’re going to do whatever you can to try to win. There isn’t this beef that people try to make it out to be. But if they want to make it out be...if that helps them sleep at night, then that’s OK.”
Green has been a huge part of Golden State’s recent success and was named to his first All-Star team in 2016. He averaged 14.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 7.4 assists last season.