NBA news: If necessary, Draymond Green will miss a Warriors game to watch LeBron James set a new scoring record.
Only a few years ago, LeBron James and Draymond Green were among the most ferocious adversaries in sports. From 2015 through 2018, the two squared off four times in the NBA finals. For a hit on James’ groin in Game 5 of the 2016 series, Green was punished.
Golden State’s lone loss to Cleveland and James in that time came in the series. They spent nearly a half-decade attempting to outsmart each other.
However, they’ve developed mutual respect through time. In 2019, Green joined with Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, James’ longtime agent. He proclaimed James “probably the best player of all time” on ESPN’s First Take a year later. James is doing everything he can to substantiate that assertion. He’s won four NBA titles and is on his way to becoming the all-time top scorer in the league.
When that day arrives, Green says he intends to be there, regardless of whether his Warriors are playing elsewhere. After James overtook Karl Malone for second place on the league’s all-time scoring record, Green noted on his podcast that “probably in fifty more games or so, fifty to seventy games or so, he’ll be first all-time.”
NBA news: Green says he plans to be in attendance
“And I can’t wait to watch it, and I’m hoping, Steve Kerr, that if LeBron is passing the all-time scoring record and we have a game, I’ll be at LeBron’s game to see history. So, coach Kerr, that’s what we’re doing.”
James had scored 36,985 points in his career as of Sunday’s game. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the all-time top scorer, is 1,402 points behind him. James will need 52 games to break the record, based on his lifetime average of 27.1 points per game. That would put him in a position to get there about the middle of next season, barring injury.
Green skipping a Warriors game to see LeBron’s record would be a nightmare to organize. Consider this scenario: James joins a game within striking distance, Green attends, and James fails to break the record. Would he forego a second Warriors game in order to keep the record?
What exactly does he mean by “striking distance”? James has already scored 50 points in two games this month. Best of luck to Golden State in their preparations. It’ll be crucial for the Warriors.
Green’s desire to attend the record-breaking event, whether or not he is able to, illustrates the mutual respect that most NBA superstars have for one another. Both James and Green will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. And they’re both nearing the conclusion of their careers rather than the start. There’s always an opportunity for ties to thaw, no matter how hot a rivalry seems at the time.