Draymond Green, LeBron James trade barbs over NBA’s ‘superteam’ trend

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Golden State’s Draymond Green and Cleveland’s LeBron James have spent the last two days entertaining NBA fans with scintillating exchanges via social media, at a parade and now on a podcast.

James, appearing on Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye’s “Road Trippin” podcast Friday, defended his position that he did not start the NBA’s “superteam” era when he went to Miami in 2010 to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Green had taken a good portion of his microphone time during the Warriors’ championship parade celebration on Thursday to call out James for saying he did not start the superteam trend.

“You started the superteam, bro!” Green told thousands gathered for Golden State’s victory celebration.

James’ response included pointing out that even after winning the title, the Warriors might still be a little preoccupied with Cleveland.

“I just feel like that it’s great that on the day you’re celebrating your championship, my likeness and my name is in your head,” James said on the podcast. “I love that.”

All of this follows Thursday’s Golden State parade, where Green and other Warriors donned black “Quickie” T-shirts bearing a Q that resembles the Quicken Loans logo, meant to poke fun at Cleveland’s early Finals exit. And LeBron’s Instagram rejoinder to Green: “That’s what she said, huh?”

James and Green have a history of lively exchanges both on the court and away. Who could forget the “Ultimate Warrior” T-shirt LeBron wore after winning the title last season, or Green mocking James earlier this year after clotheslining him to the court during a January game in Oakland?

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But it hasn’t always been entirely nasty between James and Green. The two filmed a video together during the All-Star break in a New Orleans barber shop for James’ Uninterrupted digital sports programming network. And Green was the inaugural guest on Uninterrupted’s “Kneading Dough” series hosted by James’ business partner, Maverick Carter.