Just a couple of days ago, it was announced that Draymond Green would partner with Blink Fitness to open 20 “value-based” fitness centers throughout the U.S. When you're doing something like that, it's vital to generate buzz. That's Business 101 right there. And that's exactly what Green did when he sat down with GQ for an interview that was published early Tuesday afternoon.

Three questions into the interview, Green gave credit to LeBron James for changing how athletes view endorsements. This new(est) praise for James from Green comes less than six months after the Warriors star also gave credit to LeBron for altering free agency. From the article:

It seems like athletes are getting more and more ambitious with their business ventures.
You have to give a lot of credit to LeBron. LeBron did a great job managing his business with his partners. I either read it or I saw him speaking about it … he started to view himself as a partner, not someone who just had an endorsement deal. And I think a lot of athletes have started to take that back. Guys are much more educated, much smarter in the business field and most importantly, guys understand the leverage that we have and the platform that we have as athletes and are trying to take advantage of that.

LeBron has cast a wide net with his dough, as he's invested it in a pizza chain, a production company, a separate media company, etc. Anyway, Green also spoke about how the competitiveness of the pro athlete translates to investments, stating:

"Guys get a little competitive, not necessarily competitive in the sense of like, boasting and bragging, or trying to outdo each other, but there is a little sense of competitiveness and letting guys know what deals you're in, and letting guys know how those deals are performing.

"But at the end of the day, we all wanna see each other succeed. It's not about being super competitive, more so than it is about sharing our deal flow with each other. I think that's the most important thing is that if Kevin sees a deal, he going to tell me, "I'm looking at this deal if you want to take a look at it." I'll tell Steph, "I'm looking at this deal, I can have it sent over to your guys, you can let me know if you want to do it or not. Omri, Klay, Andre, and the list goes on and on. David West.

"So I think it's more about us sharing our deal flow with each other and allowing each other the opportunities that one guy may get, just sharing those deals with each other, more than it's about being competitive. We're not trying to compete, we're all trying to eat together and live a much better life, create a much better life for our families, and for ourselves down the road. So it's about helping each other more than it's about competing."

He also talked about his overall ambition, which shows he's taking the LeBron blueprint to heart:

"My goal is to create an entire business around this. I don't think that there's one specific thing that I want to do, like "I wanna be the CEO of this company.” I don't know if that's a specific thing that I want to more so than being involved in a bunch of different businesses so that my portfolio will continue to grow. As of right now, I'm just ready to try and build a business around my investments and being involved in different companies."

Not that you don't know this, but you can go read the whole interview over at GQ.