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Even after LeBron James‘ arrival on the West Coast, Draymond Green isn’t sweating the potential emergence of the Los Angeles Lakers as a threat to the Golden State Warriors‘ dynasty.

“Teams worry about us. We don’t worry about nobody. We are the champs. Why do we have to worry about anybody? They have to worry about us. They say we are ruining the league. I love it!” Green told ESPN’s Marc J. Spears.

Green, of course, has plenty of head-to-head experience against James, having faced off against the King and his former Cleveland Cavaliers in each of the last four NBA Finals.

The Lakers haven’t been a threat to anyone of late, let alone the three-time champion Warriors. Los Angeles hasn’t won a playoff series since 2012 and has failed to finish above .500 in each of the past five seasons.

On top of winning the LeBron sweepstakes, the Lakers also added Rajon RondoLance Stephenson, and Michael Beasley to strengthen their case to make noise in a stacked Western Conference that also features the 65-win Houston Rockets.

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The Golden State Warriors have won three of the last four NBA championships, and there is no end to their dominance in sight, as long as paying their stars doesn’t become an issue.

Kevin DurantKlay Thompson, and Draymond Green are all due a massive pay rise sooner rather than later, but Warriors owner Joe Lacob doesn’t seem to think that’s a problem.

“All good things cost a lot,” Lacob said, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “We’re going to try to sign Klay and Draymond to extensions this summer. They’ve earned the right to do whatever they want; maybe they want to wait until free agency. I can’t control that. But we’ll do whatever we can to keep them.

“We’ve proven that if we think we’re competing for a championship, we’ll be in the luxury tax. No one wants to be, but we expect to be. All I can tell you is we’re going to sit down and do our planning on how we’re going to improve the team for the future and setting ourselves up in the future. And it could go a number of different ways.”

Durant already accepted a near $10-million pay cut last season to ensure Andre Iguodala stays on board. There’s little doubt he’ll be back with the Warriors next season, but it’s hard to imagine the back-to-back finals MVP continuing to take less money to ease the luxury bill for ownership.

Thompson is ready to stick with the Warriors, but his father, Mychal, has suggested his son won’t be signing an extension this summer with an opportunity to make significantly more money in 2019. If the sharpshooter elects to forgo an extension of approximately $102 million over four years, he could potentially sign up to a five-year, $219-million deal.

Draymond Green still isn’t apologizing, nor is he backing down on his stance.

The Golden State Warriors forward said last month people should stop referring to a team’s proprietor as an “owner” because being “owned by someone just sets a bad precedent to start.”

Dallas Mavericks majority owner Mark Cuban disagreed with Green, saying team owners own equity, not people, and demanded an apology from the reigning Defensive Player of the Year to the NBA.

When he was initially asked about it, Green declined. But on Thursday, he said he understands how equity works and that he wouldn’t expect the businessman to understand where he’s coming from.

“Mark Cuban will never know or understand how it feels for me, a young black African-American, to turn on the TV and see what happened in Charlottesville. He’ll never have that feeling,” he said Thursday at Harvard University.

“So, when I say, ‘Hey maybe we shouldn’t use that word,’ to be honest, I really don’t expect him to understand where I’m coming from because he’ll never feel what I feel when I turn on the TV and see however many people are taken down by the KKK or whatever group it was. He’ll never know that feeling that I have about that.

“And you can try to understand it, and he will still never understand it to the degree that I do. … It’s not to take a shot at the owners of these entities; it’s more so trying to help spark change to help others that may be similar to me, because he may feel the same way that I feel because I’m African-American.”

Green concluded that Cuban is wrong for calling his opinion wrong.

“You can’t say I’m dead wrong because you really don’t know how it feels to turn on that TV and see a young black man shot by a police officer and he was unarmed,” he said.

“You will never get that feeling, so it’s hard to say I’m wrong.”

Few people love a debate more than Mark Cuban, and the Dallas Mavericks owner took issue with recent comments Draymond Green made regarding how the term “owner” is used.

In the wake of Houston Texans owner Bob McNair referring to NFL players as “inmates,” Green took to Instagram to compare the business magnate to disgraced former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Green also inferred that labeling a team’s proprietor an “owner” is insulting to players.

“For starters, let’s stop using the word owner and maybe use the word chairman,” Green wrote. “To be owned by someone just sets a bad precedent to start. It sets the wrong tone. It gives one the wrong mindset.”

Cuban isn’t buying that, pointing out the nomenclature doesn’t refer to the ownership of people.

“For (Green) to try to turn it into something it’s not, is wrong,” Cuban told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. “He owes the NBA an apology.”

He added: “We own equity, we don’t own people. And there’s a big difference … people who bust their ass and work hard and get a little bit lucky have enough money to buy enough shares of stock to buy a company.”

Cuban then proceeded to take a Big Ten-related shot at the Golden State Warriors forward (the Mavs owner is a Hoosier, Green a Spartan).

“Draymond can trash-talk on the court, but when he comes into our world, it doesn’t fly,” the tech billionaire said. “I guess it’s because he went to Michigan State and didn’t take any business classes, but you own equity. When you own a team, you own equity, shares of stock. That’s called ownership. Tell him if he wants to take classes at Indiana‘s business school, I’ll even pay for his classes and we’ll help him learn that stuff.”

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Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack couldn’t have received a more fitting endorsement.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year inked a deal with Mack Trucks on Wednesday, adding to his portfolio.

“Whenever we were on the road when I was younger, I remember my father pointing out the trucks that had Mack on them,” Mack said to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

Mack’s name helped draw recognition by the brand, but it wasn’t the lone factor behind the endorsement deal.

“Obviously we share the same name, but what really drew us to him, based on what we had heard, was that we seemed to share the same fundamentally American values of hard work, family, honesty and humility,” John Walsh, Mack’s vice president of global marketing and brand management, said Wednesday.

Mack credited Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green for suggesting the idea.

“He just texted me one day and said, ‘You should do a deal with Mack,'” said Mack.

The NBA’s and NFL’s Defensive Player of the Years teaming up to endorse a truck is all too symmetrical and beautiful, and it’s possible the duo could continue to collaborate on new projects.

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Draymond Green is brash and loves to talk trash – just like Charles Barkley.
 

Don’t try to compare the two, though.

The Golden State Warriors power forward was asked Sunday if he’s the modern-day Chuck.

“Hell no,” he replied, as quoted by ESPN’s Chris Haynes. “I’m the modern-day Draymond Green. F— no.”

The 27-year-old All-Star doubled down on his denial that Barkley had any influence over him, crediting his upbringing in Saginaw, Mich. and his parents for his forthright disposition.

“That’s what you do, you talk, you talk junk during basketball,” the defensive stalwart said. “That’s how I was raised. I was raised in a family like that, so I didn’t need a Charles Barkley to influence me.”

He wasn’t done there.

“I was raised by Mary Babers,” Green continued. “In the Babers family, that’s what you do. You speak your mind. It ain’t got nothing to do with Chuck. I wasn’t a Charles Barkley fan growing up. No disrespect to Chuck. He’s a great player, but as I got older, I watched his game because I knew he was undersized and the things that he could do, I tried to add some of that stuff to my game. But nah, he didn’t influence me at all.”

Barkley retired in 2000 following a 16-year Hall of Fame career, but that hasn’t stopped him from causing controversy. The 54-year-old regularly garners attention for his takes, which he offers as a TNT analyst.

Despite distancing himself from the outspoken commentator, Green admitted he’s considering going Barkley’s route when his playing days are over. He’s narrowed down his options to broadcasting and coaching.

“There’s negatives and positives to both sides,” he said. “Commentating, you’re not in the fire. Coaching, guys are soft and that would completely piss me off, trying to coach a soft guy. I don’t know. We’ll see.”

No similarities here.

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It’s been an open secret around the NBA for a few years now that not all of Stephen Curry‘s contemporaries are huge fans of the two-time league MVP.

Guesses as to the reasons for that vary, but Curry’s privileged upbringing as the son of an NBA player is often cited, especially considering the hurdles many other superstars faced early in life.

His Golden State Warriors teammate Draymond Green is not afraid to take it a step further however, saying that Curry’s light-skinned complexion unfairly marks him among some as soft.

“People just automatically think that, ‘Man, this guy ain’t from the hood, he ain’t cut like that, he ain’t cut from a different cloth. He’s supposed to be soft and this, that,'” Green said recently on his Uninterrupted “Dray Day” podcast. “And of course, Steph is light-skinned, so they want to make him out to be soft.”‘

Prejudice of that sort is nothing new in various communities or in sports, but it’s also a completely false narrative to paint Curry as a rich kid who had an easy path to stardom because of early-life privileges. While he did grow up comfortably as the son of Dell Curry, his basketball road was far from one like blue-chip teenage talent such as LeBron James or Kevin Durant.

Curry received zero scholarship offers from major Division I schools, and was told if he wanted to play at his father’s alma mater Virginia Tech, that he would have to walk on. Instead he took tiny Davidson‘s offer, laying the groundwork for his stardom there. Once in the NBA, Curry then had to overcome early injury concerns before morphing into a player that helped revolutionize the game.

Green understands that.

“He’s way more than what everyone expected him to be or ever gave him a shot to be,” he said.