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March 9, 2015 Updates

During the segment, Clippers guard Dahntay Jones walked into view of the camera, bumping Green as he went past. Green did not take the gesture kindly, and told reporters as much in the locker room. "I think he wanted a reaction from me, but he don't play," Green said, taking note that Jones is averaging a career-low 4.6 minutes per game this season. ESPN.com

He explained his lack of reaction, saying, "Me getting suspended and him getting suspended, it's different." He added, "If [Dahntay Jones] gets suspended they may not even notice." Green expressed that the bump should warrant scrutiny, saying, "I definitely expect that to be reviewed by the NBA. For him to look at me, look at me again, and bump me when I'm doing a postgame interview; that's really smart, too, when it's on ABC. The postgame interview is the highlight of that segment and you bump somebody." ESPN.com

March 8, 2015 Updates

“If [Dahntay Jones] gets suspended, they may not even notice. So I guess good bump-by, but I definitely expect to be reviewed by the NBA. You know, for him to look at me and look at me again, and bump me, when I’m doing a postgame interview, that’s really smart too, when it’s on ABC. And obviously the postgame interview is the highlight of that segment, and you bump somebody? He got some camera time, which he needed because there wasn’t much celebration from their bench today, so you didn’t see him much. So he got the camera time that he was looking for…He served his purpose in today’s game.” For The Win

March 7, 2015 Updates
March 5, 2015 Updates

Kerr on whether he remembers another team went small to get better defensively: “When I played in Chicago, that was an excellent defensive team and we put Rodman at the 5 sometimes. And I’d usually be off the floor (smiles). “And we’d have, like, Harper, Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and maybe Toni Kukoc or another wing guy. And that team was phenomenal defensively. “I think Draymond has a lot of Dennis Rodman in him. He defies positions, he guards anybody, he’s quick enough to stay in front of point guards; he’s big and strong and tough at the rim and rebounds like crazy. “Again, this is the way the league is changing–I mean, Brooklyn has entirely changed their style since the beginning of the year when we played them. They’re playing one big and four smalls and they’re switching everything on the perimeter. San Jose Mercury-News

March 3, 2015 Updates

Green previously took offense with Barkley's characterization of the Warriors as a jump-shooting team that couldn't be counted on to win the NBA championship. "I think he was shorter than me. You would think he would support me," said the 6-foot-7-inch Green, who said he used to watch tape of the 6-6 Barkley's playing days to improve himself. "But hey, maybe he thinks I can't win one (championship) because he ain't got one. So if he's the same size, and he can't win a championship, we'll see what happens. I've got a lot more years to do it than he's got, you know? "A guy who's not a champion can't talk too much about championships, can he? I'm not sure how much he won anything in his career teamwise. Been to the Finals, but ... for him to say that -- they won't win because he's too small -- maybe that's why he didn't win, because he was too small." San Jose Mercury-News

March 2, 2015 Updates

The fact that his future is cloudy and the NBA is a business isn’t lost on the former Michigan State standout. He is cherishing these times and these victories. “I’ve said it multiple times this year, we know how good we are,” Green said. “We’re having so much fun. It’s a fun group to be around. It’s easy to capitalize on this, when you enjoy being around the people you’re around every day. This is a special group, a special bond, so let’s make the best of it, because this team will probably never be together again. Boston Globe

“That’s just the nature of this business. One addition, one subtraction, and the team isn’t together no more. So take advantage of it while you’ve got it because I’m sure this team will never be together again. It’s a fun time. One of the funnest times of my life. Live in the moment.” Boston Globe

But Warriors coach Steve Kerr seemed to be asking a foreboding question: You want to go small? We play small ball better than anyone. Draymond Green, an impending free agent who might be of special interest to the Celtics this summer, was slotted in at center. Andre Iguodala and Harrison Barnes rotated at power forward, and the downsized lineup forced the Celtics into scrambles that often resulted in bad shots. Boston Herald

February 28, 2015 Updates

Draymond Green caught wind of TNT studio analyst Charles Barkley’s comments that the Warriors forward was small and not “tough enough” as Golden State lost to Cleveland. Green fired back Saturday once again after previously having disagreed with Barkley’s characterization of the Warriors as a jump-shooting team that couldn’t be counted on to win an NBA championship. “I think he was shorter than me. You would think he would support me,” said Green, who at 6-foot-7 noted he used to watch tape of Barkley’s playing days to improve himself. “But hey, maybe he thinks I can’t win one (championship) because he ain’t got one. So if he’s the same size, and he can’t win a championship, we’ll see what happens. I’ve got a lot more years to do it than he’s got, you know? Contra Costa Times

“A guy who’s not a champion can’t talk too much about championships, can he? I’m not sure how much he won anything in his career team-wise. Been to the finals, but… For him to say that – they won’t win because he’s too small – maybe that’s why he didn’t win. Because he was too small.” Contra Costa Times

February 25, 2015 Updates

Joe Lacob on re-signing Draymond Green: “I have to be careful, because the NBA has a rule now, can’t make claims like, ‘Don’t go after Draymond.’ All I will say is if you know us, we’re really trying to build around our draft. We really have been very good at a few drafts. And our core of young players is what we need to build around. We’re very fortunate. We have what everybody wants now. Steph, 26, Klay, 24, Draymond, 25, Harrison, 22. Four key great young talents that are really at the core of what we’re doing, obviously supplemented by the Boguts and Lees and the guys who are a little older. "It would take a lot to not sign our core players. Does that answer your question?” Sports Illustrated

February 23, 2015 Updates

Still, Green is the heart of the defense, banging and bodying and talking trash (Tim Duncan is the only forward Green says he won’t jaw with, partly out of respect and partly because, “You say something to Timmy, he just look at you with that Timmy face like, ‘Wow, you’re talking to me!’”). And yet, Green disappoints himself daily. “I feel like each possession is a battle and you never want to lose a battle,” Green explains after a recent practice. “And if somebody scores on me, it really bothers me. It doesn’t make me feel any better if it’s Kevin Durant and he hits those shots on everybody. Well, I’m not everybody.” Green leans forward, getting fired up. “People say, ‘That’s great offense, there’s nothing else you can do.’ No, I could have done something else, because he scored.” Sports Illustrated

February 20, 2015 Updates

Green will become a restricted free agent this summer and might have an eye on his home state Detroit Pistons, according to a report on Yahoo Sports. NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski cited league sources as saying Green has “significant interest” in pursuing an offer sheet with the Pistons. “It doesn’t mean anything,” Kerr said after his team’s practice in Oakland. “Last time I checked, he’s restricted.” San Francisco Chronicle

Not surprisingly, Green showed little interest in sharing his thoughts on his impending free agency. “I have an agent who gets a percentage of what I sign for, so you can call and ask him about it,” he said. “My focus is this team.” Asked about the process, Green replied, “I don’t know much about restricted free agency. If you sign an offer sheet, then the Warriors can match it in 72 hours. That’s about all I know. … And we’ve got the Spurs coming in here.” San Francisco Chronicle

February 19, 2015 Updates

But Green said his focus for now is on the Warriors' season. "I'm in a position right now where we're 42-9," he said. "I'm on a great team, a great coaching staff, a great organization. Like I've said all along, I'll be doing myself a disservice to not enjoy what's going on right now. This is a special group that I'm playing with. I think we can make special things happen this year. "So for me to sit and worry, 'Oh, can I sign with the Pistons? Or can I do this or do that?' I'd be living wrong. I'd be not enjoying what there is to enjoy." San Jose Mercury-News

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