Jeff Capel Talks About the Iconic Photo of 2Pac Wearing His Duke Jersey

Earlier this week, the University of Pittsburgh hired former Duke basketball star Jeff Capel—who has spent the last two decades coaching at Old Dominion, VCU, Oklahoma, and Duke—to be their new head coach. Capel will take over a team that finished 8-24 overall and 0-18 in the ACC this season.

As news of Capel’s hiring made the rounds on social media, more than a few people did what they always seem to do whenever Capel’s name is in the news. They shared an iconic photo of 2Pac wearing Capel’s Duke jersey back in the 1990s. The legendary rapper was actually spotted wearing Capel’s jersey on a number of occasions back then, but there is one photo, in particular, that gets shared on Twitter whenever Capel does anything newsworthy.

Despite the fact that the photo has become so iconic that a different Capel jersey 2Pac owned was auctioned off and sold for thousands of dollars in 2017, Capel has not really been asked for his thoughts on the photo—until now.

On Wednesday, Capel held his introductory press conference at Pitt, and he talked about all of the things you would expect him to on his first day on the job. He discussed what he plans to do to turn the Panthers around, how he’s going to attack the recruiting circuit, what he learned from serving as an assistant to Coach K at Duke over the last seven years, and more.

But after that was done, he also took the time to speak with Sean Gentille of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about—you guessed it—that infamous 2Pac photo.

Capel said the first time he saw 2Pac wearing his jersey was back in 1996 when the rapper was on MTV with the jersey on. You can see him talking about the East Coast vs. West Coast beef with Simon Rex in the clip below while wearing his Capel jersey.

Capel told the PPG he thought it was “the coolest thing” to see 2Pac wearing his jersey.

But Capel also revealed that there have been a lot of people over the years who have tried to pour cold water on him by saying that 2Pac wasn’t wearing his jersey. Capel said he’s been quick to shut those people down.

“As I got older, I started seeing the pictures that were out there of him,” Capel said. “There are other pictures of him with the jersey on, and I would always tell people [who said], 'Oh, that wasn’t your jersey.' I was like, 'Look, man, ‘Pac died in ’96. That was during the time—there was no other No. 5 during that time.'”

Capel also admitted that he has learned how to use the 2Pac photo to his advantage. While you could argue that today’s teenagers might not idolize 2Pac in the same way as teenagers did a decade ago, Capel said he’s not above pulling the photo out and showing it to recruits. Capel—who is considered to be one of the best recruiters in college basketball—said he once used it as a recruiting tool when chasing after an unnamed player who was friends with one of today’s famous rappers.

“I showed it to one kid. I did show it to one kid. Because he had a picture with a famous rapper and had a relationship [with him],” Capel said. “I was like, 'Hey, I’ve got one, too. This guy wore my jersey.' So I did do that one time, yeah.”

Pretty cool story overall. But unfortunately, no word yet on what Capel thinks about the time Tyga wore his jersey. Think he uses that for recruiting, too?

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LeBron James Responds to ‘No Place Like Home’ Recruiting Billboard That Just Went Up in Akron

Until LeBron James declares where he's going after this season, the recruiting efforts aren't going to end. In fact, they're just going to ratchet the hell up.

The most recent development in that department was none other than a digital billboard that went up in James' hometown of Akron, imploring him that “There's no place like home.” Since Akron doesn't have an NBA franchise, one would think that it was an effort to get him to stay with the Cavs, especially since Ohio was on the sign. On Friday, James spoke about the new(est) pitch trying to influence where he ends up by saying that stuff like that doesn't affect him because he's been dealing with it since high school.

“I haven't seen it,” James said according to ESPN. “But, like I said before, it's very flattering. It's just, I don't know, it's very humbling. I know my hometown, so, I already know there's no place like Akron, that's for sure. Me just having everything I've done with that city, obviously, but just being a part of that city my whole life … it's just very flattering.”

“It's not that I ignore it,” he added. “I mean, I see it, but I know what's important. I've always been able to keep the main thing the main thing. I see pretty much everything. I have not seen that billboard just yet, but I will. I see and I hear pretty much everything, but I know what's important. I know what keeps me focused. I know what the job is at hand, and that's just how I've always been. It's been like that my whole life.

“I heard talks of me being able to go straight to the NBA and being the No. 1 pick after my junior year in high school. I heard that, but it didn't affect me. There was talks of me leaving St. Vincent-St. Mary and going to Oak Hill [Academy]. There could've been a billboard back then. But it was like, 'No, I'm not doing that. I understand what's important now. What's important now is finishing the school year up and see what happens after the season.' I've always been that way. When I was a kid, I've always just tackled the main thing at the present time and worried about the future when it's upon me.”

 

As relayed by ESPN, the Akron Boards (as nobody calls them) are just the latest billboards trying to steer LeBron to a specific NBA franchise by placing a message in a location he'd only see if he was driving his car down a very particular road. They come after similar billboards were posted in Cleveland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and probably some other places wondering what they got to do to get some media attention.

The Akron signs were put up by Alison McIntyre Baranek of Stouffer Realty (that's a good plug for her business) and are described in the following manner by ESPN:

Baranek's billboards feature basketball sneakers done up to look like Dorothy's ruby slippers, and the “O” in “home” is an outline of the state of Ohio with James' No. 23 jersey printed in the middle.

ESPN reports that another digital billboard is set to go up next week nearer to LeBron's home in Bath, Ohio. 

However, until the season's over, it sounds as if you won't squeeze jack out of LeBron.

“I don't know if this is even the right time to talk about that,” he said. “Obviously I will attack that after the season. As I stated before, my only focus right now is how we continue to improve the ballclub and put us in the right possible position to compete for a championship.”

Two billboards, though. Damn. Other teams, time to pack it in.

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Le’Veon Bell Talks Money; Kevin Love’s Mental Health; Clippers’ Dating App Deal | Out of Bounds

With Gilbert Arenas out for the day, superstar Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell joins #OutofBounds to talk big sports stories — and he is one of them! Just yesterday, Pittsburgh placed a franchise tag on Le’Veon that will pay him $14.5 million in 2018. While not scoffing at the paper, he wants a long-term deal and explains why it’s so important, what it’s like dealing with contract negotiation drama, and who told him he deserves a blank check in “Secure the Bag.” Staying in the NFL, the OOB team tackles owners who’ve been walking back hard-line stances on anthem protests. Are they actually respectful of their players or just covering their asses? Le’Veon shares the inside story of how the anthem drama played out with the Steelers. Next, the guys respond to Kevin Love’s essay, in which he revealed he’s been getting therapy after suffering panic attacks in games, and discuss the differences in how mental health is perceived in the NBA and the NFL. Le’Veon opens up to let fans, who often don’t see athletes as people, know what it’s really like playing pro ball. Finally, after the Clippers signed a jersey patch deal with the female-empowerment dating app Bumble, the crew reacts and decides what company would be the worst sponsor to have on your uniform.

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Isaiah Thomas Explains Why He Was Involved in Bizarre Altercation With Rajon Rondo

Isaiah Thomas has made headlines on numerous occasions over the course of the last week because of his reported beef with LeBron James and the Cavaliers. But on Wednesday night, Thomas set his sights on beefing with a different player—and it ended with him getting ejected from a game before it even reached the end of the first quarter.

Thomas and Rajon Rondo were both ejected from the Lakers/Pelicans game on Wednesday after they were involved in an altercation towards the end of the first frame. The two players got tangled up with one another several times and exchanged words before they were hit with double technical fouls and sent packing. It was an odd scene with Rondo seemingly trying to provoke Thomas while guarding him. You can watch it play out here.

Following the game, Thomas was asked about what happened between him and Rondo, and he claimed Rondo hit him in the face three times during the game before tensions boiled over. He also claimed Rondo repeatedly brought up the video tribute the Celtics planned for Thomas on the same night as Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement ceremony before eventually canceling it at Thomas’ request.

“Whatever reason, he's an upset guy about me,” Thomas said. “I don't know what it is, but it's fine. He kept bringing the tribute up, when I was the one that shut the tribute down. I'm far past that…For me to be ejected was uncalled for.”

Rondo didn’t speak with the media after the game on Wednesday night, but it’s worth noting that if he did taunt Thomas over the tribute, it wouldn’t come as a total surprise. Rondo was asked about the tribute after a game in January, and he spoke out against the Celtics deciding to do it in the first place.

“What has he done?” Rondo asked at the time, before being told about how Thomas led the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals last season and responding accordingly. “Oh, that’s what we celebrate around here?”

However, Thomas told reporters he wasn’t upset about what Rondo said when he was asked about those comments on Wednesday night.

“He said what he said, I laughed it off,” Thomas said. “It was what it was. I'm the one that stopped the video tribute from happening because I wanted Paul Pierce to have his full night. I didn't want to take nothing from him. I know [Rondo] played on Paul Pierce's team. He's gonna always have Paul Pierce's back, which is fine. I didn't lose sleep over it. It was obvious [that it] continued to be brought up with what happened tonight.”

Thomas also told reporters he doesn’t share any bad blood from the past with Rondo. He theorized Rondo might possibly be upset with him because Thomas and the Celtics beat Rondo and the Bulls in the playoffs last season, but he couldn't say for sure why Rondo seemed so irked at him.

“I mean, my team beat his team in the playoffs last year,” Thomas said. “Maybe that is what's wrong. I don't know. There's nothing. Nothing should've made that escalate like it did. He already had his agenda written down right when I checked into the game. It was obvious. He picked me up full court, trying to be physical.”

Whatever the case may be, Thomas seemed to shrug off the altercation with Rondo. But he said he does plan to try and appeal the technical fouls he received during the game. He thinks Rondo, not him, should be forced to deal with the consequences of them.

“It felt like they were waiting for me to get upset,” Thomas said, referencing the game’s officials. “I got hit in the face three times, and the third time I got hit in my face, I reacted and tried to tell the refs, 'Are you guys going to control this?' I definitely need to get those technical fouls rescinded.”

Thomas and Rondo weren’t the only ones to get ejected from the game. Lakers head coach Luke Walton got ejected just before halftime, too, for arguing with the game’s officials. The Pelicans went on to win 139-117.

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After trading six players away and picking up four new ones at the NBA trade deadline, the Cavs look refreshed, focused, and happy for the first time in a long time. Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew discuss why the subtraction of Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose, and others has helped Cleveland, how far they’ll go, and whether or not LeBron and the Cavs organization shaded the departed players. With Robert Parish calling Paul Pierce the “greatest offensive Celtic ever” before Boston retired his No. 34 jersey on Sunday, the guys debate that controversial claim. Gil being Gil, he’s got a hot take that could get him banned from Boston. Next, following Eagles lineman Lane Johnson’s assertion that nobody enjoys playing on the Patriots because it’s a “fear-based organization,” the gang gets into the importance of having fun playing professionally in “The Pull-Up.” Finally, DeAndre’ Bembry’s recent arrest for driving 128 mph in a 55 mph zone sparks a conversation about why athletes, who have so much to lose, are still racing down the street like some maniacs, and Gil shares a story about the time he and Jason Richardson raced Escalades in LA.

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Jalen Rose Calls Paul Pierce ‘Petty’ Over Celtics Remarks, Pierce Fires Back With ’81’ Joke

The NBA is taking #PettyWarz to a whole new level in 2018.

First, a little in-game wrassling between the Rockets and Clippers spilled into a locker room confrontation that had Twitter aflame with things like secret tunnels, diversions, Austin Rivers being arrogant, and LAPD takeovers. The following night, Orlando guard Arron Afflalo threw a reckless haymaker at Minnesota's Nemanja Bjelica. Then, after Michael Carter-Williams and Tim Frazier became the NBA's eighth and ninth ejections over the past three days, Wizards coach Scott Brooks dialed it up yet another notch by inviting Dwight Howard back onto the court to shoot the technical free throws, only to see Howard make both, do the Sam Cassell big balls dance, and blow a kiss to the Washington coach.

Incredible.

But perhaps the juiciest story of all revolves around Paul Pierce and Isaiah Thomas. Most of you know the details by now: Celtics announce celebration for Thomas during Feb. 11 Cleveland-Boston matchup; Pierce gets angry, wants own night for his jersey retirement; former Celtics sit down beside campfire, gush about how amazing they were; media/Twitter (ahem, Shannon Sharpe) remind Pierce he's no Kobe; Thomas posts veiled “hating hours” Instagram message. It could be the plot for season 2 of Big Little Lies.

Yesterday on ESPN's NBA Countdown, Jalen Rose summed up the whole thing when he called Pierce “petty” to his face, and the resulting back and forth had Pierce looking like he was ready to risk his job. (Thomas, for his part, liked the clip on social media.)

I mean, is Jalen Rose not correct? The Celtics honoring Isaiah during the game does not take away from Pierce's moment afterward. The Celtics honoring Isaiah for not just his play on the court but for what he inspired in their fans and the Boston community does not take away from Pierce's moment afterward.

Of course, being that petty is the theme of the month, Pierce wouldn't let it go, coming back at Rose with yet another “81” joke. The former Toronto Raptors guard will probably never live these down, but at least he can take it and keep it moving.

And the critics say the NBA isn't entertaining anymore because the Cavs and Warriors always win. 

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Kobe Is Getting His Own NBA Analysis Show on ESPN

More post-retirement perks are on the way for Kobe Bryant. After getting two jersey numbers retired by the Los Angeles Lakers and a brand new Lakers uniform inspired by his legendary nickname unveiled last month, there is now word that the Black Mamba will be getting his own basketball analysis show on ESPN.

The show, which is titled Detail, will be written, produced, and hosted by Bryant and is a creative venture between ESPN and Kobe's Granity Studios. The show will be a simple enough premise. One of the best players in NBA history will be providing game analysis. What could be better than a generational talent critiquing other players on their game? Almost nothing. 

“Studying game film is how the best get better. It’s the university for a master’s degree in basketball.” Bryant tells ESPN. “I learned how to study film from the best coaches of all time – Phil Jackson and Tex Winter. Detail provides an opportunity to teach that skill to the next generation on large platform with ESPN.”

Detail is scheduled to premiere in March 2018 and will begin with an initial 15 episodes, starting at the tail end of the regular season and concluding during the NBA Finals.

Imagine Bryant breaking down a missed LeBron or KD game-winner in the playoffs? Incredible.

“Having an all-time great like Kobe share the same analysis he offers current players will be a tutorial for elite athletes around the world and the ultimate inside access for viewers,” says ESPN vice president of original content Kevin Wildes.

Bryant's Granity Studios has worked with ESPN in the past on Canvas City, which featured a purple snake puppet named Little Mamba as Kobe's sidekick, and the MuseCage Basketball Network segments as well.

Kobe has definitely remained busy post-retirement. Does this foray into analysis mean coaching could be in his future? He might be the key to getting Lonzo Ball and the Lakers back on track if LaVar runs current head coach Luke Walton out of town

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Draymond Green’s 15 Most Savage Trash-Talking Moments

With all due respect to players like Chris Paul, Joel Embiid, and Patrick Beverley, Draymond Green is, without a doubt, the best trash-talker in the NBA today. He takes trash-talking very seriously, and during an interview with ESPN back in April, he spoke about how he’s spent years crafting his ability to do it.

“I absolutely love it,” he said. “I’ve been doing this for a very long time. There’s an art to trash-talking.”

All of his hard work has definitely paid off. Green is so good at talking trash at this point that, while we’ve traditionally waited until the end of an NBA player’s career before compiling a list of their best trash-talking moments—we’ve run trash talk features on Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Kobe Bryant in the past—we don’t see much sense in waiting around for another 10 years before paying homage to the Warriors’ enforcer. He has already proven himself to be one of the best trash-talkers in NBA history, and it’s time to recognize that now. Here are Draymond Green’s 15 Most Savage Trash-Talking Moments.

15. “You’ll Never Dunk on Me”

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Victim: Dennis Smith Jr.

This is obviously the most recent moment, seeing as how it just happened this week, but we think it provides a pretty good illustration of what Green’s trash-talking is really all about. He took what could have been a relatively routine play—a ticky-tack foul on a missed dunk attempt—and turned into a teachable moment for an NBA rookie. Green yelled, “You’ll never dunk on me” at Smith Jr. and then continued to go after him following the game while speaking with reporters.

“That shit ain’t happening,” Green said, referring to the idea of a rookie getting the better of him at the rim. “This ain’t Summer League, bro. Not just gonna dunk on anybody. Better luck next time. It ain’t happening. C’mon, dude.”

Smith Jr. seemed confused by Green’s trash talk, since it’s not like Green rejected him clearly. But if he’s going to last in this league, he’s going to have to get used to Green going off on him on the court.

14. “You Didn’t Say That”

Victim: Lakers fan

Green’s trash talk extends beyond just the basketball court. He’s also known to talk plenty of trash on social media, and back in October 2014, he took it upon himself to call out a Lakers fan who apparently lied about what he told Green when he met him. The fan took to Twitter to reveal that he told Green the Warriors were “gonna get ran by my Lakers this year.” But Green disputed the fan’s version of the meeting and said the fan didn’t say that at all. It got quite a response from some of Green’s fellow NBA players.

If Green routinely talks trash to some of the toughest players in the NBA, what makes you think he won’t do it to you, too?

13. “I Laughed in His Face”

Victim: Kevin Durant

Back in 2015, Green revealed that KD is actually a decent trash-talker himself. He said KD’s trash talk “makes you feel bad about yourself.” But that hasn’t stopped him from going after KD—even though the two are teammates now.

In September, Green was asked how he reacted when he heard that KD got caught using burner social media accounts to defend himself. Green alluded to his own social media struggles, but he also said that he showed no mercy when he heard about what happened to KD.

“I reached out to him, I talked to him through text the day of,” Green said. “And then the next day, I saw him in person and I laughed in his face.”

12. “He Suck!”

Victim: Kevin Hart

Green and Hart have developed a (somewhat) friendly rivalry on and off the basketball court. They once took part in a three-point contest against one another, and Hart has also heckled Green during Warriors games against his beloved 76ers. So when Green was asked his opinion on Hart’s basketball skills during an interview on Conan in September 2016, he didn’t hold back on ripping him to shreds.

“He suck!” Green said.

Green did give credit to Hart for believing in himself. “You know, the thing that make Kevin a great comedian is that he believes the stuff he say,” he said. “Once again, thinking he’s good at basketball, he believe it.”

But he stopped way short of giving him any credit for being good at basketball. “No!” he said, before referencing his three-point shootout with Hart. “I mean, he hit a couple spots where he shot well, and I was shocked. But no!”

11. “The Cavs Didn’t Stand a F*cking Chance”

Victim: The entire Cavaliers team (and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey)

During a recent interview with GQ, Green was asked about the Warriors’ dominance in recent seasons, and in particular, their dominance of the Cavaliers during the 2017 NBA Finals. He didn’t shy away from admitting that he was actually upset the Warriors were only able to beat the Cavs 4-1 in their series last June.

“They didn’t stand a fucking chance,” he said. “It pissed me off we didn’t sweep them.”

Elsewhere in the GQ piece, Green touched on some comments made by Morey, who said the Warriors are “not unbeatable” during an interview over the summer. Morey also suggested, “We have something up our sleeve,” which really set Green off.

“What the fuck are you talking about?” he said. “They are really trying to rethink their whole strategy, because teams know they don’t have a fucking clue.”

10. “Ain’t No Man Gonna Touch My Head”

Victim: O.J. Mayo

Green and Mayo were nearly involved in a physical confrontation after a Warriors/Bucks game in December 2015. Green made some comments about Mayo’s then-teammate Michael Carter-Williams that Mayo didn’t like, and he responded by getting in his face following the contest. He also put his hand on Green’s head, at which point Green shoved him and then almost got into it with Mayo's teammate Khris Middleton. It’s unclear what exactly was said between the two, but Green explained why he pushed Mayo after the game.

“I’m not going to really talk about what guys talk about or say,” Green said. “What you think he said, he may not have said or may have said. But ain’t no man gonna touch my head. I’m a grown man.”

9. “You Can’t Mention ‘Bron in Every Song You Do”

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Victim: Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj has gotten into the habit of name-dropping LeBron James on many of her songs—and it’s something that doesn’t sit real well with Green. After she mentioned LeBron on her song, “No Frauds,” in March 2017, Green took to his Dray Day podcast to blast Nicki for repeatedly working LeBron’s name into her verses.

“Is Nicki gonna mention ‘Bron in every song?” he asked. “Every song she’s released since June 2016, there’s something about LeBron in it. I mean, damn, like, LeBron is great, but Jesus Christ, at some point it just becomes… too repetitive. Jesus Christ, you can’t mention ‘Bron in every song you do.”

“Every song” might be a slight exaggeration on Green’s part, but this clearly touched a nerve with him.

8. “I’m the Modern-Day Draymond Green”

Victim: Charles Barkley

Green has been a very vocal critic of Barkley over the last few years. The two are often compared to one another, and during an interview in May 2017, Green said that he is not with the comparisons. He went as far as to say that he flatly rejects the idea that he and Barkley are anything alike when it was suggested that he is the modern-day Barkley.

“Hell no,” he said. “I’m the modern-day Draymond Green. Fuck no.”

Green also slammed Barkley on his Dray Day podcast after LeBron took some shots at him.

“I’m all for destroying Barkley,” Green said. “You know, Barkley talk a lot. A whole lot for a guy who has not won a championship… When it comes to speaking about someone who has a championship, Barkley should be muted.”

7. “Cool Story, Glenn”

Victim: Doc Rivers

The Warriors and Clippers had one of the best rivalries in the NBA a couple seasons ago, and that rivalry was due in large part to moments like this. After a March 2015 game between the two teams, then-Clippers forward Dahntay Jones walked by Green while he was doing a live TV interview and bumped into him. Green responded by shooting him a look that made it seem like he might step to him right there on the court.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers offered up a sarcastic take on the situation and referred to Green as “that tough guy on Golden State” when he saw what happened.

“Wow, that was such a violent bump!” he said. “I’m telling you. It was amazing. I told Dahntay, ‘You’ve got to be careful. That was too hard.’ I guess that tough guy on Golden State, I mean, I think the bump was too hard for him, clearly, the way he reacted.”

And Green had an equally sarcastic response for Rivers. That response?

Glenn, for those who don’t know, is Rivers’ government name. So petty.

6. “Drake’s Boots Cost Them the Game”

Victim: Drake

Drake went all out for the third annual “Drake Night” at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto in November 2016. He held a press conference before the game. He showed up wearing a shirt with Doris Burke’s face on it. And he sat courtside and cheered for the Raptors as they played against the Warriors. But despite his best efforts, the Warriors won the game—and afterward, the Golden State players had a whole lot to say about Drake.

Kevin Durant said, “We don’t give a damn about no Drake Night!” Andre Iguodala said he had absolutely no plans to chill with Drake after the game. And Green went off on the boots Drake wore to the game and said they were to blame for the Raptors’ loss.

“Drake’s boots cost them the game,” Green said, interrupting Iguodala’s live post-game interview on the court.

Green later added: “The shirt was nice. But his boots were so bad. I was disappointed in his outfit overall. It’s Drake Night. You gotta bring better than that.”

Green has since gone on to rip Drake’s fashion choices on numerous other occasions since then.

5. “Cavaliers? Nope”

Victim: The entire Cavaliers team

During the Warriors’ NBA title parade in June 2015, Green celebrated by remixing E-40’s hit song, “Choices (Yup),” on the fly in the middle of a live TV interview. Golden State was just a few days removed from knocking off the Cavaliers in the 2015 NBA Finals, and while standing next to Klay Thompson, he let it be known who the better team was.

“Klay Thompson? Yup,” he said. “Splash Brothers? Yup. Cavaliers? Nope. We won? Yup. They suck? Yup. We here? Yup. They not? Nope.”

Green clearly got caught up in the moment, but we imagine most Cavs fans weren’t too happy to hear this in the immediate aftermath of their team’s loss.

4. “We Rocking With Floyd, Bro, Not You”

 

We rocking with Floyd bro not you… take that off bruh @thenotoriousmma

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Victim: Conor McGregor

Right before fighting Floyd Mayweather in August 2016, Conor McGregor was spotted wearing a No. 23 Warriors jersey. Green responded to it by posting a photo of McGregor in the jersey on Instagram along with a caption that let him know that the Warriors weren’t going to be pulling for him in his fight.

“We rocking with Floyd bro not you,” Green wrote. “Take that off bruh.”

What made this moment great, though, was that McGregor didn’t back down from Green. In one of the few instances in which Green met his match, McGregor fired back on him with a vicious clapback of his own.

“That’s C.J. Watson, mate,” he wrote. “I don’t know who the fuck you are. No disrespect tho, kid, keep hustling and stay in school. Now ask yourself why I’m rocking C.J. when I don’t know or give a fuck about basketball. I dribble heads off the floor. Not a ball. This is no game here, kid.”

The jersey turned out to be a total troll move on McGregor’s part, and Green just got caught in the crossfire.

3. “Bro, You’re Not Scaring Anyone”

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Victim: Kevin Garnett

KG earned a reputation for saying some pretty off-the-wall things to his opponents during his NBA career. Few players talked trash quite like him. But that didn’t stop Green from going directly at him when he first came into the league.

During an interview with Grantland in April 2015, Green admitted that he admired KG growing up, but he also said that didn’t stop him from talking trash to him the first time they played against one another.

KG just talks junk to try and scare people,” he said. “He won’t say nothing directly to you. He just says stuff about you out loud, like talking to himself. So I called him out: ‘Bro, you’re not scaring anyone. Just stop with the antics.’ We got into it, but I’ve got a lot of respect for him.”

There aren’t many people who could get away with saying, “Stop with the antics,” to KG, but Green is obviously one of them.

2. “You Ain’t Kobe”

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Victim: Paul Pierce

Green took some shots at Paul Pierce for criticizing Kevin Durant at the beginning of last season. And when the Warriors and Clippers played back in February 2017, he continued sending shots in Pierce’s direction. While Blake Griffin was in the middle of shooting free throws, Green badgered Pierce about the fact that he didn’t get the same kind of farewell tour that Kobe Bryant got right before he retired.

“You can’t get no farewell tour,” he said, “they don’t love you like that. You ain’t got that type of love. You thought you was Kobe? You ain’t Kobe.”

Green later said he didn’t have “nothing personal” against Pierce on his podcast. But he added: “If you gonna talk junk, I don’t hold anything back when I’m talking junk. If I’ma talk junk, I’ma talk. And I’ma take it where it needs to go.”

1. “B*tch” (or Was It “F*ckboy”?)

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Victim: LeBron James

Green and LeBron got tied up at the end of Game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals—and it led to Green serving a one-game suspension that really turned the tide of the series and led to the Warriors blowing a 3-1 series lead. LeBron was noticeably upset during the confrontation, and it led many people to wonder what in the world Green said to get LeBron so angry.

An initial report suggested that Green called LeBron a “bitch”—twice—during the trash-talking that the two players did. That report indicated that Green called LeBron a bitch once before LeBron pointed out that he’s “the father of three kids and a man” and that Green responded to that by saying, “You’re still a bitch.”

But Green’s trash talk actually may have been even worse than that. While speaking with Jimmy Butler on The Bill Simmons Podcast a few days later, Bill Simmons revealed that he heard Green went above and beyond while trash-talking with LeBron. According to him, Green a called LeBron a “fuckboy,” not a bitch.

“I heard he didn’t say the b-word,” Simmons said. “I heard it began with an F and ended with boy. That was what I heard. That’s why I think LeBron took it so personally. I’m sure LeBron has been called the b-word before. He really got upset. I don’t know if you saw. His feelings got hurt. It’s really hard to hurt LeBron’s feelings. He’s one of the strongest people in the United States.”

LeBron may be strong but even he was no match for Green and his incessant trash talk. Not that he should be ashamed about that. Green has proven time and time again that he’s simply on another level when it comes to running his mouth.

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