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LeBron James reacts to Draymond Green’s rant on double standards in NBA

LeBron James, Draymond Green, Andre Drummond, Blake Griffin

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is on board with Draymond Green’s idea that there is a double standard in the NBA regarding players asking for trades and teams openly stating they will be trading certain players and sitting them.

James said Tuesday night organizations have always “controlled the narrative” with respect to how players should carry themselves. He implored fans to see the other side of the coin:

Green’s poignant comments came in light of the Cleveland Cavaliers saying they would sit center Andre Drummond as they worked out a trade. The Detroit Pistons are doing the same with Blake Griffin.

These announcements came with relative impunity, a far cry from coverage of James Harden and his trade demands earlier in the season. As The Beard has since stated, he laments how the situation in Houston played out, but he felt he had to leave the organization in order for his basketball career to move forward.

Green and James ask why what’s seen as a lack of professionalism on behalf of players is essentially considered “strictly business” for teams.

LeBron has been openly critical of the business of basketball as of late. He deemed the All-Star agreement a “slap in the face” to players, and he also voiced displeasure at the quick turnaround to the new season following the Lakers’ championship triumph in October.

Both Draymond Green and LeBron James have a point. Teams can work tirelessly to get out of “bad contracts” even if they are responsible for said contracts. But the actual representatives of the organizations seem to garner more scrutiny when they seek change.