“There have been dynasties forever in this league. There’s an old Sports Illustrated cover you guys should look up from 1997 and there’s a picture of Michael Jordan on the cover and it’s saying, ‘are the Bulls bad for the NBA?’ It’s kind of the same storyline right now. ... “I don’t remember the same conversation back then. I think because you didn’t have the Kevin Durant factor. That sort of bugs people a little bit, because a team that was already a championship team gained Kevin Durant. There wasn’t quite the equivalent with the Chicago Bulls. From a system standpoint, I’ll take that as an issue for the league because we always through collective bargaining can be sitting down with our players association figuring out what’s the best way to design competition throughout this league,” he said.
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Andrew Sharp: Which NBA guys have been talking to? Rawle Alkins: Just thinking off the top of my head right now… Donovan Mitchell, Jordan Bell, Blake Griffin, Stanley Johnson. I’ve met with a lot of them. Working out in L.A., and you see a bunch of NBA guys. I talked to guys who’ve been successful, and guys who haven’t been. So it’s both worlds. They tell me that the adversity is real. There’s gonna be great days, but the NBA is a long year. 82 games. You might have a great day one game, and the next day play your worst game. It’s important to stay level headed and just keep that positive mindset.
Andrew Sharp: Is there anyone in the NBA that you pattern your game after? Rawle Alkins: I take things from multiple players. There’s no one player. The more people you take things from the more versatile you become and the harder you are to guard. They won’t know where you’re getting stuff from. So I try to watch guys like Dwyane Wade, Donovan Mitchell, but honestly I tell teams I want to be seen as a guard version of Draymond Green.
During a predraft workout in 2012, Warriors general manager Bob Myers found himself in awe of a pudgy, unheralded prospect from Michigan State. It was that draft hopeful’s bravado, the way he barked at opponents and willed his team to victories in each scrimmage, that prompted Myers to select him days later with the No. 35 pick. “You couldn’t help but notice him,” Myers said Tuesday afternoon of Draymond Green. “You couldn’t help but notice that his team won every game, that he was the loudest. He had a passion. He had leadership.”