“We Say LeBron James Is a Great Player Because He Does All of Those Things”: Draymond Green Showers Praise on Lakers Superstar

Published 12/25/2021, 7:30 AM EST
Injured Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, smiles while talking with Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)


Draymond Green is arguably one of the best defenders in the NBA at the moment. When the Golden State Warriors formed their super team with Kevin Durant, Draymond was a crucial part of that roster. He even won the Defensive Player of the Year in 2017. So, when he speaks about his analysis of defense, you know he knows exactly what he’s talking about. When he uses LeBron James as an example for all-around performance, one knows that it comes from a place of genuine respect.

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LeBron James has been on a direct rival’s team throughout Draymond’s career. Moreover, they have met in the NBA Finals four times. Things often got heated on the court in those games. Nevertheless, Draymond used LeBron’s example while talking about the epitome of blocking shots and all-around performance on the court.

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Former NBA All-Star showers praise on LeBron James

The Golden State Warriors drafted Draymond Green into the NBA the same year LeBron James won his first NBA championship. So LeBron James was a well-established figure in the NBA when Draymond was just a rookie. The latter has clearly grown up watching LeBron play. Facing your childhood role models as your professional rivals must be an incredible feeling.

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Therefore, while talking to NBA’s Steve Aschburner, Draymond explained why LeBron is a great player. He said, “We never say LeBron James is great because he scores so well. We never say it’s because he passes the ball so well. We never say it’s because he runs the team well. We say LeBron James is great because he does all of those things”

May 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23)plead their case to referee Josh Tiven (58) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

When does LeBron face Draymond Green on the court next?

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The Lakers face the Warriors on 13th February 2022. James has struggled so far against the Warriors this season but not in terms of personal performance. He had 34 points and 11 rebounds the last time the Lakers faced the Warriors. However, the Lakers have lost every time they faced the latter this season (including preseason).

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Therefore, LeBron James might look to set the record straight in the next game and equate their series for the campaign.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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