While both are playing on the court, both Draymond Green and LeBron James seem like bitter enemies. The two have gotten into many times over the course of the past three years or so, with LeBron playing a major role in Green getting suspended for Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals, which eventually led to Cleveland Cavaliers championship.
Despite their demeanor towards each other on the court, however, Draymond could not respect LeBron anymore off the hardwood. And there's one thing in particular about James' career that Draymond respects most.
Green recently went on the record to praise LeBron for his move to Miami back in 2010, as the power forward feels it helped many other free agents around the league heading into the future:
“He opened up a new door for guys. He gave guys a voice, you know? Willing to use that voice, and I’m not even sure at that time he knew what he was doing,” Green said.
“You know, because there was so much backlash with it and all the other things, but it really opened up new doors for guys. Maybe he did know what he was doing, I don’t know. But he did something special for guys around the NBA, like you said, to take their career in y’all hands and go where you feel you want to go.”
Green's statements ring very true, and you can't fault him for giving LeBron props for his move to the Heat, as Draymond has directly benefited from a star player doing a similar thing, that player being Kevin Durant of course.
Without James setting the precedent for a star player joining forces with other star players, Durant may have never left Oklahoma City, and Green may only have one championship ring in his trophy cabinet.