Draymond Green: ‘We have a very finite time to do what we’re doing. I’m 32 years old. If I’m being honest, I don’t want to play basketball until I’m 40. I really want to play basketball for another four years after this. I’ve always said my magic number is 15. Once I get to 15, that’s it. I’m cool. Go enjoy my life. Go on to my next thing, leave it to the young guys to take it from there.’
Draymond Green: ‘I don't have interest in playing 20 years NBA basketball, just not what I earned to do. I've been very fortunate and lucky and blessed to have the career that I've had to have opportunities that I had to play in the best professional sports league in the world. But I understand that that has an end date. And I personally can tell you, that is just up to me. I feel like over the last year or so not even with the job just over the last… it's become more and more evident to me that 15 is the right number.’
Draymond Green: 'Reason being, Steven, I've talked so much shit to so many guys on the basketball court. I can't be one of the guys lagging around at the end of my career, lagging like, 'Yo, I'm just out here collecting a check'. I can't beat that guy. Because everything that I've dished out, is going to come right back. And so I don't want to be one of those guys that's like just still around. And I feel like I know for sure I got four great years left on his body. Right? I know that for certain. I know how I feel. And so I'm like, I got four great years left. I'm going to do everything that I have to do and that I know I can do to get to that goal.'
March 20, 2023 | 8:58 pm EDT Update
But Green so regularly attacked the teeth of the New Orleans defense, he took 14 free throws, hitting all 14. “Just really figuring out how to draw that foul,” Green said. “Just watching guys that get to the free throw line already, like Shai (Gilgeous-Alexander) really helps out, studying their game and doing it on the court.”
Jabari Smith Jr., 19, and Alperen Sengun, 20, the Rockets’ youngest players, speak often about the weight room work they plan for the offseason. The Pelicans’ Jonas Valanciunas spent the two games in Houston showing why. “Jabari, especially, when he gets stronger, he’s going to be a problem, because he’s going to take all that contact and finish at the rim, or not get pushed off his spot,” Silas said. “The same thing for Alpi. He is lower body strong, but he can get stronger and better fit, and when he does that, he’s going to be a problem, as well. They’re going to get some grown man strength as we go here.
Clutch Points: “Keep playing that dumbass defense” – Kyrie Irving to Dillon Brooks 🍿👀 (via @DrewHill_DM) pic.twitter.com/OJGEjJplIL
March 20, 2023 | 7:56 pm EDT Update
LaMelo Ball not sure if he will wear ankle braces to prevent injuries in future
Ball said it’s too early to tell if he will change up anything in an attempt to curtail the lower extremity injuries. He’s unsure if ankle braces are in his future, or if he may need more support in his sneakers. “I have to see how I feel when I come back first,” he said, “and make a decision.”
Drew Hill: More Taylor Jenkins on Ja: “He’s excited to be a part of the group and get back and help his team. I think it is going to be a seamless integration. We know how important he is to us, and he knows how important his teammates are to him.”
Dalton Johnson: Jalen Green is available for the Rockets. He previously was questionable with a left thigh contusion