Draymond Green's LeBron James praise included shots at Al Horford

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Usually when people say “no disrespect”, it’s either the precursor or response to a disrespectful comment.

Draymond Green dropped a “no disrespect” on Al Horford this week.

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Green hasn’t hesitated to take jabs at Boston fans in response to the Warriors’ NBA Finals victory over the Celtics, but, outside of Grant Williams, he largely stayed away from ripping other Celtics players.

That changed this week, when Green took a shot at Horford during a live, crossover episode of his podcast and JJ Redick’s “The Old Man and the Three”.

"It’s easier because we’re not playing LeBron James,” Green responded when asked if it was easier against the Celtics because that group hadn’t been to the Finals before. “They asked me a question in a press conference like ‘How does the IQs rank against Boston versus LeBron' and it’s like shut up. What are we talking about? It’s easier when you’re not playing LeBron James, who is the ultimate mastermind in our game. So you’re not playing that chess match with him. It’s a lot easier to play a chess match against anybody else, but against LeBron it’s different.

"And Bron can prepare his guys for what’s to come. Al Horford couldn’t prepare them for what’s to come, so you know that going in, no disrespect to Al Horford."

As the crowd laughed and Redick quipped that Horford was catching strays from Green, the Warriors forward shrugged.

“Well, Al Horford also did this in Game 1,” Green said while mimicking Horford’s flexing. “Then he did it in Game 6 and I laughed at him and they lost.

“But they didn’t know what to expect, and going into that, being in the finals five times, you understand what to do with your family. You understand what to do with your friends. You understand all these things. I put my kids on a totally different floor of the hotel because you need to stay locked into that moment. And so I knew that they weren’t truly ready and prepared for that moment.”

For a team that supposedly wasn’t prepared, getting to six games against a team with the pedigree the Warriors boast is decent work, even if they were overmatched in the end.

And the Celtics clearly adore Horford, so they probably would push back on Green’s shots.

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