Leading up to Game 5 of the NBA Finals, one of the biggest topics of discussion amongst fans and the media pertained to what Draymond Green called LeBron James during their scuffle in Game 4. While talking to reporters afterward, James claimed that Green had crossed the line.
The Warriors maintained that it wasn't that bad and that LeBron should be able to take trash talk, while James persisted with his anger.
According to Marc Spears of The Undefeated, “Green looked James dead in the face and called him a ‘b—-.'”
Mostly everybody accepted this to be what had indeed happened. However, on Bill Simmons' most recent podcast for The Ringer, he revealed that Draymond actually called LeBron a “f— boy.”
Simmons, transcribed by Jordan Heck of Sporting News:
“I heard Draymond, I heard he didn’t say the b-word. I heard it began with an F and ended with boy,” Simmons said. “That’s why I think LeBron took it so personally. I’m sure LeBron has been called the b-word before. He really got upset, his feelings got hurt. It’s really hard to hurt LeBron’s feelings. … Something happened.”
Simmons was talking with Jimmy Butler at the time, who stated that he wasn't sure about what was said by Green.
So, who really knows? It did seem a little odd that James was so ticked off by being called a b—-, which is pretty commonly used in trash talk in the NBA, and against LeBron himself on a number of occasions. With that in mind, Simmons' account seems more likely.
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