What Planet Am I On That People Are Blaming LeBron James For Draymond Green's Suspension?
I will say this, I can certainly respect the dedication to the cause. That cause is hating LeBron James, and all it takes is a quick search of this very site to realize I am usually one of the first people to show up to the rally. Unfortunately, not even I - at my most subjective self - can act like LeBron's decision to step over Draymond Green was some unforgivable transgression that justified the retaliation that inevitably cost a much maligned player an opportunity to play in Game 5. If the victim in question wasn't such an insufferable man child then the sheer amount of people defending a repeat offender of ball tapping just so that they can add to their anti-LeBron agenda would almost be enough to make me feel bad for him. I have seen people saying the league is just looking out for their shining star by suspending someone that has thrown more feet at people in his line of work than Jon Jones. I have even seen people saying that if you suspend Draymond Green then you have to suspend LeBron James too. To those people I say, did you just start watching the NBA three days ago? It truly takes the shortest of short term memories not to comprehend this ruling, and I say this as someone who wants nothing more than to watch LeBron sulk off the court with a 2-5 finals record.
I can't stress this enough, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have next to nothing to do with this suspension. You can forget the fact that LeBron did exactly what a desperate player on a desperate team that was on the verge of going down 3-1 SHOULD do by baiting an overly emotional player into his third (closer to 15th) strike. You can forget that the NBA likely only followed through with this punishment because it could potentially elongate what has been a miserably unexciting championship series. The only person that Draymond Green has to blame is himself.
As far as I know, LeBron James wasn't in the building poking and prodding Draymond when he brought himself to the brink of ejection with his first two flagrant fouls. He wasn't pulling the strings the next 25 times Draymond Green narrowly avoided ejection after tripping and kicking everyone within a limb's length like a rebellious kid whose attention was at a massive deficit. This disciplinary action - that was primarily taken in hopes that this series would make it's way back out of Golden State - certainly benefits LeBron, but it's not an example of preferential treatment towards him. It's a collective result of the negligence for which Draymond Green has shown the sexual reproductive health of his opponents, and if you can't see that then it might be time for a therapy session because you are putting FAR too much energy into hating someone that you have never met.
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