• Danny Green compares LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard
  • Green won championships with Leonard
  • Green hopes to win title with James in LA

Only a few are given the benefit to play alongside greats who made their marks in the NBA. Danny Green is blessed to be one of them as he got the chance to run the court with Kawhi Leonard in San Antonio and Toronto, and now running with LeBron James in Los Angeles.

Leonard and James are two distinct beasts on the court who have proven that winning has various formulas. But having an inside look, Green said there is a lot more to know about how both players approach the game.

“Two very great players. A lot of similarities and some differences, but they are extremely serious about their game. They work their body hard, how to take care of their bodies and lead their team. Obviously, Kawhi is not as vocal as LeBron has been over the years. But you could tell last year he started picking it up a lot more and this year he’s a lot more vocal than he was ever, and he’s starting to learn that,” Green said on Monday’s episode of First Take on ESPN.

“But on the court-wise, LeBron is probably more a facilitator. Kawhi is probably more of, you know, an attack offensive, you know, dissecting the defense type of player. LeBron is the same way. And they’re both, you know, very good defenders when they turn it on. They can lock down some guys. They can change the game, impact the game, on both ends of the floor.”

In an earlier interview with SB Nation’s Silver Screen and Roll, the former 46th overall pick mentioned how both make the tasks of their teammates bearable by taking a significant load off their backs.

“At the end of the day, they both make the game easier for the guys around them. That’s the fun aspect of it. But to see two different stars operate in two different ways is fun. It’s fun to watch and fun to play with. Obviously, defensively me and Kawhi grew up together and formed a defensive tandem and he’d grow as an offensive player later on,” he said.

The 32-year-old sharpshooter also had the opportunity to pick the brains of arguably the greatest power forward in the history of the NBA Tim Duncan, whom he won a championship with during 2014. The championship poise he earned that time was then utilized when he and Leonard seized the chip with the Raptors last year.

And now as a veteran with the Lakers, Green hopes to impart his savvy to his younger teammates in their quest to end the franchise’s championship drought.

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LeBron James and Danny Green are the two favorites to be named MVP of the NBA Finals. Reuters