Draymond Green tells LeBron James to “let the world know” that he’s the best

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LeBron James and Draymond Green have had countless battles after meeting in the NBA Finals for four straight years.

They've gone toe to toe on the court and had verbal sparrings off it too by trolling each other on social media.

But at the end of the day, there's a mutual respect between the All-Star duo and they've never been afraid to share their admiration for one another.

In James' new barbershop-style talk show, 'The Shop', Green was one of several guests who featured alongside the King to discuss a range of topics from sports, politics and music.

Recognising the best

During the show, the Warriors star acknowledged LeBron as the best player in the world and said he should be more vocal about that fact.

"I think you should say that. I think you should believe that. And you should definitely let the world know that," Green said, responding to a question from Maverick Carter about whether James should acknowledge he's the best player on the planet, via theScore.

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"I think 'Bron over the last four years became LeBron James. And it wasn't nothing to do with winning and it wasn't nothing to do with stats. He found himself.

"People didn't start to view him as they view him now until he became that force, that man to say, 'I'm here.'

"I feel like for years, he shied away from saying, 'I'm here.' And when he started to say, 'F--- y'all, I'm here,'

"That's when he became who he is, and no one would have ever said that until he did it himself."

Draymond then mentioned Michael Jordan - who James is always compared to in debates about who the greatest player of all time is - and spoke about how he was always aware of how great he was.

"Motherf------ f----- with Mike because Mike was like, 'I'm Mike with my hoop earring. F--- all y'all, I'm here,'" Green said.

"And until he did that, that's when he became the figurehead that he is. So many people shy away from that and that's why they never reach their full potential."

Draymond believes LeBron should embrace being the best

This is an interesting revelation by the power forward as he has no problems labelling LBJ as the best despite recently completing a sweep over him in the finals and playing alongside the reigning back-to-back Finals MVP Kevin Durant.

It shows just how much respect King James has around the league among his peers.

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