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Draymond Green
Draymond Green
Position: F
Born: 03/04/90
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:230 lbs. / 104.3 kg.
Salary: $18,539,130

Draymond Green: 'Wiseman would be a great add'

Could Wiseman be a match for the Warriors if they hold on to their top-5 draft pick? Draymond Green believes so, though he admitted on ESPN’s “Jalen and Jacoby” that he hasn’t seen a lot of Wiseman — in fairness none of us have. “I’ve seen some clips of his workouts and highlights, and he looks to be pretty mobile, a pretty athletic guy,” Green said Tuesday. “So with our speed and pace, the way we play, I think he would definitely be a great add if that’s case, but I don’t really know what pick we’re going to get or what pick he’s going to go. I’m a living testament to that. You never know how the draft is going to go and how the cards may fall.”
It started eight months ago with a tweet: Chris Murphy, a Democratic U.S. senator from Connecticut, told the world how much he enjoyed Draymond Green’s op-ed in The Washington Post labeling the NCAA “a dictatorship” and calling for increased compensation to college athletes. Green reached out to Murphy’s office to thank him for the tweet. Murphy is a huge sports fan — the Boston Celtics are his NBA team — so he was thrilled to hear from an All-Star on the three-time champion Golden State Warriors. They have been collaborating since.
Before teaming up with Green, Murphy had already made fair pay for college athletes one of his pet causes. Starting in March 2019, his office released three reports under the title “Madness Inc.” highlighting what Murphy views as structural inequalities undergirding high-profile college sports. The reports focused, respectively, on: how small a chunk of the estimated $14 billion in annual revenue generated by college sports filters to scholarship athletes; the tendency at top programs to prioritize sports over academics, sometimes to a scandalous degree; and the lack of guaranteed health care and scholarships for players who suffer career-threatening injuries. Murphy has also highlighted the disparity in graduation rates between white and Black athletes, and for both Green and Murphy, the fight for what they see as fair compensation is very much a part of the larger fight for social and racial justice.
“I think this year was really frustrating for him offensively,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Green on KNBR’s “Tolbert, Kreuger and Brooks” Podcast, “and then as a competitor, it was frustrating for him just losing night after night. It’s just too difficult in this league to try to win games when you’re that shorthanded. I think he dealt with the frustration. He definitely boiled over several times, got kicked out. But, overall, I just thought he handled himself well.” “He made it through, and he is getting a much-needed rest,” Kerr continued. “And I think we’re going to see the very best version of Draymond next year, whenever next season starts. I feel really good about where he’s going to be mentally and physically”
“I think this year was really frustrating for him offensively,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Green on KNBR’s “Tolbert, Kreuger and Brooks” Podcast, “and then as a competitor, it was frustrating for him just losing night after night. It’s just too difficult in this league to try to win games when you’re that shorthanded. I think he dealt with the frustration. He definitely boiled over several times, got kicked out. But, overall, I just thought he handled himself well.” “He made it through, and he is getting a much-needed rest,” Kerr continued. “And I think we’re going to see the very best version of Draymond next year, whenever next season starts. I feel really good about where he’s going to be mentally and physically”
According to a league source, Golden State is unlikely to let a drop in the cap change how it approaches roster-building. Lacob realizes that with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all in their early 30s, the Warriors might only have a three- or four-year window to win another title. Even if it requires a massive luxury-tax burden, Golden State will do what it can to capitalize on the rest of its core players’ prime years. Anything else would go against what this ownership group has come to represent.
Last week, ESPN came up with the all-time starting five for every NBA team. Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Wilt Chamberlain made the cut for the Warriors. Hey Rick Barry — does that bother you at all? “Everybody’s entitled to their opinion,” the Hall of Famer said Tuesday on 95.7 The Game. “And that’s all it is — the opinion of some people. It is what it is. I know who I am. I know who I was as a player, and that doesn’t change. Who cares. “Bottom line is — I have my championship ring sitting on my finger that I’m looking at right now.”
In 1975, Barry helped bring the franchise its first NBA title since it relocated from Philadelphia to the Bay Area in 1962. He averaged 29.5 points, 5.0 assists and 3.5 steals in the NBA Finals that year, as the Warriors swept the heavily-favored Washington Bullets. “We won as a team. We didn’t win because of any one individual,” Barry explained. “We won because we made a commitment to playing the game the right way, and everybody was a major contributor. “That’s what made it so very special. We were like a family.”
In addition to Draymond Green — “doesn’t need the ball in his hands” — an Eastern Conference GM also believes Steph Curry would a great fit alongside Jordan. “[Curry] proved he has enough of a deferential mindset to play with another superstar when he got KD,” the GM said. Speaking of Kevin Durant, he was the player who the GMs most believed wouldn’t be able to make things work with Jordan. “There’s only one guy who wouldn’t willingly move over and be No. 2 — KD,” a different Eastern Conference GM said. “He’d struggle playing with Michael. Too sensitive, and he’d want to shoot all the balls. If Michael yelled at him for missing too many shots, he wouldn’t have liked it.”
“When (Jordan) just said he never asked anybody to do anything that he wouldn’t do, that really stuck with me,” Chriss said. “You want your leader to lead by example, but also be vocal at the same time. It honestly reminded me a bit of Draymond (Green).” Chriss is hardly the only Warriors player who, while watching “The Last Dance,” has thought about Green. His aggressive leadership style mirrored Jordan’s in many ways. If not for Green’s bravado, Golden State teams loaded with mild-mannered personalities wouldn’t have reached five straight NBA Finals.
Shaquille O’Neal thinks his Lakers would’ve easily stopped the Golden State Warriors. O’Neal, who won three NBA championships alongside Kobe Bryant with the Lakers in 2000, 2001 and 2002, said the Warriors would’ve had a big problem against him. “Who is gonna guard me on that team?’ O’Neal asked on the Frank Caliendo Podcast. Draymond Green’s name was brought up. O’Neal immediately dismissed him as a threat. “He gonna be in foul trouble the first two minutes, let’s put it that way,” O’Neal said.
Durant had turned 27 by the time he hosted his free-agency meetings in the Hamptons. Steph Curry, born five months after Durant, was 28. Draymond Green and Klay Thompson were 26. It was a young, established core pitching a peer of a similar age. Come to us and let’s all plow through the league during our collective primes. That’s what drew Durant. If Giannis hits the market next summer, he will be 26. Curry — a friendly acquaintance, considered by those in the know as the dominant reason Giannis’ eyes would even tilt in the Warriors’ direction — will be 33. Thompson, currently in the late stages of his ACL rehab, and Green, showing early signs of a physical decline, will both be 31.
Circumstances would be quite different if Giannis reached free agency and wanted to sign with the Warriors. In the first season of what will be Giannis’ next contract, Curry is set to make $45.8 million, an NBA record (breaking the record he’ll set the season prior). Thompson is on the books for $37.9 million. Green is on the books for $24 million. Combined between the three: $107.8 million. Add in Andrew Wiggins, making $31.6 million, and that’s $139.4 million combined between four players. The projected salary cap for that season, delivered before this financially-crushing pandemic hit, was $125 million. So, no, unlike Durant, there’s no way that Giannis (and his next max contract, projected to begin at $37.5 million) can sign with the Warriors outright.
Storyline: Giannis Antetokounmpo Free Agency
“Well look, I think Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson — and you guys can attest to this as interviewers — they did a great job because they got him to talk about the experience in great detail for a long period of time. I don’t think Draymond got on that show with the intention of being like, ‘Let me dive deep into the final year of Kevin’s tenure with the Warriors.’ I think that they got into a conversation. “Draymond was getting things off his chest that he felt he needed to do, and from a point of view that he feels like is — I don’t want to say accurate — but is how he sees it, right? This is how he sees everything. My feeling is that that’s over with now, what Draymond said. It really, definitely, doesn’t matter what I think, you know what I mean? And I don’t think Kevin has thought about it since that day. When you put it up against everything going on in this world, and the timing of it, it was kind of like, ‘All right, you know, I see how he feels.’ But I also know that emotions make certain things come out certain ways. It’s not always representative of exactly how you feel or what you want to say…”
“Well look, I think Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson — and you guys can attest to this as interviewers — they did a great job because they got him to talk about the experience in great detail for a long period of time. I don’t think Draymond got on that show with the intention of being like, ‘Let me dive deep into the final year of Kevin’s tenure with the Warriors.’ I think that they got into a conversation. “Draymond was getting things off his chest that he felt he needed to do, and from a point of view that he feels like is — I don’t want to say accurate — but is how he sees it, right? This is how he sees everything. My feeling is that that’s over with now, what Draymond said. It really, definitely, doesn’t matter what I think, you know what I mean? And I don’t think Kevin has thought about it since that day. When you put it up against everything going on in this world, and the timing of it, it was kind of like, ‘All right, you know, I see how he feels.’ But I also know that emotions make certain things come out certain ways. It’s not always representative of exactly how you feel or what you want to say…”
Green thought it would have made things easier on everyone, removed many of the constant questions the team faced as Durant’s future hung in the balance. Durant’s agent, Rich Kleiman, doesn’t agree with that line of thought, because, first and foremost, Durant really didn’t know what he was going to do. You can’t say what you don’t know or else you risk becoming Kyrie Irving, who pledged to stay with the Boston Celtics only to do an about-face and join Durant with the Brooklyn Nets.
“Kevin and I haven’t spoken about [Draymond’s comments] since that day,” Kleiman told The Athletic’s “Tampering” podcast. “I don’t necessarily agree with the [notion that] ‘He should have let us know’ because nothing is as black and white as that. It’s like you’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t. He didn’t know at certain times. You go back and forth on how you feel. Everybody does, like, throughout the course of a season. You gonna make a declaration on something when you really don’t know how you’re going to feel, you don’t know anything. Look what happened to him in the Finals. No one knows any of it. “So just think about how that would have played into effect. Imagine if people said ‘Earlier in the year, Kevin said he’s not coming back’ and the way they would have been talking about it. All of that, when you really break it down, made no sense. And he really didn’t know.”
“Draymond was getting things off his chest that he felt he needed to do, and from a point of view that he feels like is — I don’t want to say accurate — but is how he sees it, right? This is how he sees everything. My feeling is that that’s over with now, what Draymond said. It really, definitely, doesn’t matter what I think, you know what I mean? And I don’t think Kevin has thought about it since that day. When you put it up against everything going on in this world, and the timing of it, it was kind of like, ‘All right, you know, I see how he feels.’ But I also know that emotions make certain things come out certain ways. It’s not always representative of exactly how you feel or what you want to say…”
Storyline: Durant-Green Dynamic
Since Draymond Green doesn’t have any players to feud with in games at the moment, he’s shifted his focus to feuding with former players off of the court. The Golden State Warriors star forward recently ruffled the feathers of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal by saying that he and Warriors teammate Stephen Curry would have “destroyed” O’Neal in his prime in the pick-and-roll. Green, making an appearance on the “All The Smoke” podcast with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, also said the Warriors are the greatest team of all time.
episode of “The Big Podcast with Shaq.” “I like Draymond. I like guys that voice their opinion,” O’Neal said. “I try not to get personal with guys. I like him, I like the way he plays. You have to listen to his points. He made good, key points. He said in their era. He didn’t say in my era … In my era, [the Warriors] would have been the six or seven seed. You had us, you had San Antonio, you had the Utah Jazz, you had Portland, you had White Chocolate and C-Webb [in Sacramento]. “But again, it’s his opinion. I try not to get personal with people’s opinions. But however, Mr. Draymond, like you said, I would’ve torn your ass up on that block.”
With Thompson missing all of the season while he rehabs his torn ACL, and Curry missing all but five games with a broken hand, the Warriors hit pause on their dynasty to rest and recalibrate after five straight strips to the Finals. But to misconstrue rest for waving the white flag would be a big mistake. Curry knows they’ll be ready to reclaim their throne once basketball returns. “For us, big picture, we know we’re not done,” Curry told Jermaine O’Neal in an Instagram Live chat. “Myself, Klay, Draymond we know we’re not done. The core that’s been here since Day 1, we’re going to do everything that we got in our power — it’s going to look different, it’s going to have a new cast of characters that are going to contribute at a high level. But the DNA, just the chemistry that us three have, we’re going to be in good shape coming out of this no matter how basketball looks.”
Being surrounded by battle-tested stars like Steph Curry, Draymond Green and the injured Klay Thompson did wonders for Chriss. “This year, I just tried to learn as much as I could from Steph and Draymond,” Chriss said during a Twitter Q&A on Monday. “They are very vocal leaders and they are passionate about what they do and they care about us as individuals, and they want us to be as successful as they are and they try to teach us as much as they can, and I think each and everyone of us on the team tries to listen and learn as best as we can.”
Several executives consider moving Green as something the Warriors should at least consider, whether it is for a proven talent or a potential one. “He’s [30], he’s going to get a lot of money and his mouth continues to move,” the Eastern Conference talent evaluator says. “They could probably get another lottery pick for Draymond,” the Eastern Conference GM says. Adds the Western Conference executive, “The Draymond Green trick is over.”
Storyline: Draymond Green Trade?
Warriors GM Bob Myers declined to talk about the team’s future plans before this season is officially over, but there has been no indication from league sources that the Warriors are exploring ways to improve by tinkering with their current core of Curry, Thompson, forward Draymond Green and small forward Andrew Wiggins, acquired at the trade deadline from the Minnesota Timberwolves. That would be a change in philosophy for the franchise, which has shown a willingness to consider major changes during its run of success.
In the Runnin’ Plays podcast with NBCSports, Kerr said he has reached out to old coaches and mentors for help with players including forward Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. “(Michigan State coach) Tom Izzo and I have become good friends because I decided I wanted to really know how to coach Draymond and I sought his advice,” Kerr said.
Storyline: Kerr-Green Dynamic
The way Green interacts with teammates has received national attention, and not always in a positive light, but his leadership was undeniably an integral part of the glue that helped Golden State become a dynasty. Kerr learned how to best communicate with Green. “I think that’s a big part of being a coach in the NBA, is really learning your players and understanding what makes them tick,” Kerr said.
Warriors GM Bob Myers declined to talk about the team’s future plans before this season is officially over, but there has been no indication from league sources that the Warriors are exploring ways to improve by tinkering with their current core of Curry, Thompson, forward Draymond Green and small forward Andrew Wiggins, acquired at the trade deadline from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
During a recent appearance on “The Rory & Carson Podcast,” Golden State superstar Steph Curry shared something that should have you laughing out loud: “Draymond — he’s loud but he asks for it. He wants every single confrontation. He’s amazing in that verbal warfare. You don’t want to pick that fight. He’s the type of guy that if the room is too quiet — like in our locker room (when) we come into the arena (and) you got guys listening to their music or in their own space — he’s gonna pick a fight with one of us to get himself going. “He just needs it. It’s either gonna be a teammate, it’s gonna be (somebody on) the training staff. They’re either gonna have a debate about who’s the best quarterback, or he’s gonna make fun of their outfit or something. And they’re just gonna go at it. “So he can go out on the court and already feel that juice. That’s why I love him. I love that type of entertainment.”
“I get annoyed when these guys who are born into money think that they’re successful,” Barkley said on the “Coffee With Cal” show. “He’s like the worst member of the boy band who doesn’t realize he’s standing next to Timberlake. When the girls are throwing panties at his head, he’s going to get hit by some drive-by panties, but they’re really throwing panties at Justin Timberlake. “Draymond’s a good little player, but without Kevin Durant, Klay and Steph, he’s just a good little player.”

Draymond Green opens up about issues with Kevin Durant

The three-time NBA champion pulled back the curtain on what happened between he and KD during their verbal altercation during the Warriors’ loss to the LA Clippers on Nov. 12, 2018. This is what he said on Showtime’s “All the Smoke” with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson: “Beginning of the year, I told (Warriors general manager) Bob (Myers) and (coach) Steve (Kerr): ‘I’m struggling with Kevin right now. I need some help. It’s frustrating and I need some help.’ Nobody did s–t. So I’m kind of stuck in this position, but aight. “So we’re playing the Clippers, and you know how I am — I’m gonna roll with you, I’ll take the bullet for you, I’ll take the heat in the media for you, I’ll take the suspension for you, I’ll take the fine, I’ll take the tech, whatever — for my guys. But in return, all I need from you is just to know that you’re with me …
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“He comes to the bench and he slaps the bench like, ‘Yo! Pass me the f–king ball.’ I’m like, ‘Get the f–k outta here. F–king run then.’ And he’s like, ‘You heard what the f–k I said’ and slaps the chair: ‘Pass me the f–king ball.’ I’m like, ‘Yo, you better calm the f–k down. I don’t know who the f–k you think you’re talking to.’ “Remember, I got the pulse of this team. I got the pulse of the organization. I already know you one foot in and one foot out. By the way, I’m the closest person here to you. When you have a problem — when s–t going on in your life — the person you talk to here is me. We got that relationship … So that’s where I’m like, ‘Yo, who the f–k you think you’re talking to? I’ve been an All-Star before you got here. I’ve been doing this. Don’t talk to me like I’m one of these little dudes that don’t know how to hoop. I’m a grown a– man.’
“And then he started cussing back and I’m cussing back. And then DeMarcus pulled me out of the huddle like, ‘Yo, calm down. I feel where you’re coming from but relax. It’s too much.’ “I met with Steve Kerr and Bob Myers when we landed. My fiancee was on the team plane with us, so she’s sitting in the car — I turned the heat on, she sitting in the car, I’m thinking the meeting is gonna be quick — I’m in the meeting at the airport terminal for like an hour and 45 minutes with them.