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It was interesting to learn that what set LeBron James off during Game 4 of the NBA Finals was Draymond Green calling him a “bitch.” After all, the NBA has a rich history of insane trash-talking, and I generally just assume that Kevin Garnett spends each game threatening to skullfuck his opponents. But depending upon the inflection used and the force behind calling somebody a “bitch,” it can mean something more akin to “fuck you,” or it can be a derogatory challenge on somebody’s manhood. I’d venture to guess the way Green said it was the latter.

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The other interesting thing is that this is far from the first time James has reacted strongly to an opponent calling him a “bitch.” In fact, it seems to be the go-to insult for annoying, scrappy, hustling players like Joakim Noah, Shawn Marion, and now Green. The first evidence I can find comes from a December 2009 game, in which Noah reportedly told James “you’re a bitch.”

Two years later, James’s future teammate Marion called him a bitch (possibly “LeBitch”?) during Game 4 of the 2011 NBA Finals:

The next year Rajon Rondo, whose Celtics seemingly played James in the playoffs every single year, took a photo at an autograph signing with a woman wearing a “LeBron Is A Bitch” shirt. (A few years later the cameraman at a Celtics game accidentally caught another fan wearing the shirt.)

James and Noah were jawing back-and-forth the whole game during last year’s playoffs, and after James dunked on him, Noah told him “fuck you, you still a bitch though”:

And finally, after the Cavs beat the Warriors in overtime of Game 2 of last year’s Finals, a Warriors fan called James a “pussy-ass bitch” as he was leaving the court: