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Draymond Green shares interesting thoughts on LeBron James' move to the Lakers

GiveMeSport | Updated: 2018-08-31 23:55:11

LeBron James and Draymond Green have battled each other in four straight NBA Finals and have developed a bit of a rivalry on the court.

With LBJ's decision to join the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, the pair will be meeting more frequently.

With the purple and gold competing in the Pacific Divison alongside the Golden State Warriors, they will square off four times in the regular season and the league has already scheduled two of their encounters on marquee dates.

The first matchup between the two teams will come on Christmas Day, with the second just a few weeks later on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

LeBron's decision to head to the Western Conference was the biggest free agency move of the summer.

His presence could spark a new rivalry in the west between the Lakers and Warriors.

But regardless of what his arrival in L.A. means, Green is happy that the King chose to take his talents to California.

“That is great. He was able to make a decision he wanted to make regardless of whatever anyone thought," he said in an interview with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.

"To see someone make that kind of decision is always exciting to see.”

Empowering players

James started a revolution in the NBA when he left Cleveland the first time and joined the Miami Heat in 2010.

Since his famous 'Decision' it has empowered players to take control of their futures and not be afraid to join or form super teams.

Historically, owners have held all the power but the four-time MVP spearheaded a change in direction for the current generation.

Draymond is certainly one player who appreciates that and has praised his counterpart before for opening the door for players to make their own choices as free agents.

One of the reasons why the two-time champion is appreciative of LeBron is because he paved the way for Kevin Durant to join the Warriors.

But the respect he has for the 33-year-old superstar extends to his play on the court too as he recently urged James to not be shy in acknowledging that he's the best player in the world.

"I think you should say that. I think you should believe that. And you should definitely let the world know that," Green said in an appearance on HBO’s 'The Shop'.

They may have had heated and physical exchanges on the floor during their four finals meetings but it's clear that there's a mutual respect between Green and King James.

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