The Latest: Mychal Thompson calls out LeBron on talk show

BY foxsports • June 13, 2016

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

The sniping between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors hasn't stopped heading into Game 5.

Warriors guard Klay Thompson's father, Mychal, who played with the Lakers in the 1980s, started off his Los Angeles-based radio show on Monday with a rant about LeBron James and his role in the suspension of Draymond Green.

James said after the confrontation with Green in Game 4 that the Warriors forward crossed a line with his trash talk. The Warriors responded forcefully on Sunday, and Mychal Thompson took the baton on Monday on his ''Thompson and Trudell'' show.

''I cannot believe that we are facing what we're facing tonight because a player complained about a certain word ... are you kidding me?'' Mychal Thompson said. ''Are we this now PC that you can't talk trash on the court? That you could sort of drop hints to lead to someone getting suspended? Are you freaking kidding me? This is what we've come to? Unbelievable.

''Lebron couldn't have survived in the `80s with the physicality and the words guys said to each other back then. ... Obviously in this new PC-sensitive time you couldn't put it out there so other people could hear. But between players on the court? Who complains to the media about being called a name?''

James has not said specifically what set him off with Green's words.

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3:05 p.m.

The Oakland Athletics are hosting a baseball game on the same night of Game 5, and they're also rolling out the welcome mat for suspended Warriors forward Draymond Green.

Green is expected to watch Game 5 from a baseball suite in Oakland Coliseum, which is right next door to Oracle Arena.

The Athletics are hosting the Texas Rangers for a baseball game that begins an hour after tipoff of the basketball game. And the team offered Green the chance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game started.

But an A's spokeswoman says Green declined the offer, preferring to keep a low profile while he watches his teammates from afar.

If the Warriors can close out the series with a win over the Cavaliers, Green will be allowed to join the team in Oracle for the celebration.

If they lose, Green will join his teammates to get ready to travel to Cleveland for Game 6.



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