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Draymond Green thinks top draft prospect James Wiseman would be good fit for Warriors

James Wiseman

The Golden State Warriors will have a high draft pick this year, giving them the opportunity to add high-end talent to the existing championship core. Draymond Green seems to have a pretty clear idea of which player he’d like to see the Warriors take, if possible.

Green singled out Memphis center James Wiseman as a good fit for the team’s style of play, citing speed and athleticism as key factors.

“I’ve seen some clips of his workouts and highlights, and he looks to be pretty mobile, a pretty athletic guy,” Green said on ESPN’s “Jalen and Jacoby,” via Jaylon Thompson of 247 Sports. “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.”

There’s a lot to like about Wiseman. There are also questions about his offensive game and his ability to shoot from midrange and beyond or create his own offense. On one hand, that might not fit with the Warriors and their preference for spacing, but there are few teams who could help him learn and adapt to that style better.

Regardless of Green’s wishes, it sounds like Golden State may have its eyes on someone else if they land the draft’s top pick.

Steve Kerr expecting big season from Draymond Green next year

Draymond Green

Steve Kerr is expecting a big year from Draymond Green next season.

The Golden State Warriors had the worst record in the NBA at the time of the league’s suspension in March. They were just 15-50. The team played the entire season without Klay Thompson, who is recovering from a torn ACL, and most of the season without Steph Curry, who suffered a hand injury.

That left Green as being the lone regular from the Warriors’ years of success to struggle through the losses. And Kerr says that was hard for him.

“I think this year was really frustrating for him offensively,” Kerr told KNBR’s ‘Tolbert, Kreuger and Brooks’ Podcast. Aand 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.”

Kerr believes that with the long rest and time off, Green will come back even stronger next season.

“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,” Kerr said of Green.

Green, 30, was a 2nd-round pick by the Warriors in 2012 and never was part of a team that missed the playoffs or went worse than 47-35 until this year. He averaged 8.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game this season and took some criticism from Charles Barkley.

Shaq fires back at Draymond Green over cross-era trash talk

Draymond Green is getting into it with yet another member of the TNT crew.

Speaking Tuesday on an episode of his podcast, Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal responded to some recent comments made by Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green. The former Defensive Player of the Year had said that he and Warriors teammate Stephen Curry would “destroy” O’Neal in the pick-and-roll in a hypothetical matchup across eras.

“I like Draymond. I like guys that voice their opinion,” he said, per Michael Kaskey-Blomain of CBS Sports. “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,” O’Neal added. “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 a– up on that block.”

Green and O’Neal are certainly representative of two very different archetypes of big men with completely divergent skillsets — the former is the undersized playmaker and defensive fireball giving life to Golden State’s killer small-ball lineups, while the latter was the overpowering Goliath who ruled over the post with an iron fist and dunked entire bodies into the basket.

As for which style is the superior one, that is a matter of personal preference and opinion. At least we can all agree though that these are much tamer than the remarks exchanged by Green and O’Neal’s colleague Charles Barkley.

Charles Barkley rips Draymond Green again ‘worst member of the boy band’

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley had some more funny comments for Draymond Green.

Barkley was on “Coffee With Cal” with Kentucky coach John Calipari and was asked about his ongoing beef with Green. The TNT analyst has been going back-and-forth with the Golden State Warriors forward for a while as they trade barbs.

In February, Barkley roasted Green for putting up a triple-single in his stats. Green has responded recently by saying he has a bigger impact on the game than Barkley.

That led Barkley to call Green the “worst member of the boy band.”

“He’s the worst member of the boy band who doesn’t realize he’s standing next to Justin Timberlake,” Barkley said. “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.”

Barkley is saying that Green has ridden the coattails of his much superior teammates like Klay Thompson and Steph Curry.

Green definitely would not receive the notoriety he has without playing for the loaded Warriors, but he is a good player regardless. Barkley knows that, but he enjoys teasing Green anyway.

H/T CBS Sports

Draymond Green has issue with Kevin Durant letting free agency situation linger

Draymond Green

Kevin Durant’s free agency status left a cloud of uncertainty hovering over the Golden State Warriors all last season, and Draymond Green wishes things didn’t unfold that way.

Green spoke with Maverick Carter and Paul Rivera on “Uninterrupted” for a video published on Monday. During the program, Green talked about the Durant situation.

Green said he wished Durant had just been honest with the team and media about it being his last season with the Warriors rather than leave lingering uncertainty.

Green’s comments came in the context of “The Last Dance”, which aired on ESPN Sunday night. The title of “The Last Dance” documentary is a reference to Phil Jackson’s moniker for the Chicago Bulls’ 1997-1998 season. Jackson knew it would be the last time that dynasty would be together and made sure his players knew that entering the year so they could give it their all and make the most of the season.

Similarly, Green wishes Durant were more transparent about his future plans because he feels that would have eased tension within the locker room. A report last year said Durant and Kyrie Irving had already made plans to team up prior to the season. But Durant’s lack of transparency led to a blowup in the locker room between him and Green, which ultimately helped push Durant out the door.

Durant ended up spending three seasons with the Warriors, winning two championships and suffering a torn Achilles tendon last year in the Finals as his team lost to the Raptors. Though signing short-term deals with options allows players to maintain power over the team, it also creates chemistry issues within the locker room, as Green explained.

Charles Barkley calls Draymond Green ‘the least famous person in the boy band’

Charles Barkley

As long as Draymond Green continues to respond, Charles Barkley is never going to stop messing with the Golden State Warriors star.

Barkley has been critical of Green for quite some time now, and Green responded last week to some of the latest negative commentary Barkley made about him. Green told reporters Barkley should “stop before I take his job” and ridiculed the Hall of Famer for never winning a championship.

“If he keeps talking, I’ll take it soon,” Green said, via ESPNs Nick Friedell. “Sooner than he thinks. Still, he probably should be quiet. He also can’t talk basketball with me, either. Not smart enough, not qualified — no rings can’t sit at this table.”

Barkley let that marinate for a few days, but he finally issued a response on Tuesday. The TNT analyst did not disappoint, telling “The Dan Patrick Show” that he views Green like a member of a boy band who doesn’t understand he isn’t the star of the show.

“I like Draymond. He’s a good player, but you know what he is? He’s like the guy in the boy band who’s the least important member, and he thinks the crowd is cheering for him,” Barkley said. “He doesn’t realize he’s standing next to Justin Timberlake. He’s the least famous person in the boy band and he thinks he’s a star.”

As for the prospect of Green taking Barkley’s job, Chuck said Draymond doesn’t have the face for it.

“First of all, he don’t have a face for TV,” Barkley joked. “He’s got a face for radio, and he’s not gonna get my TV gig.”

On a more serious note, Barkley said he is perfectly content with his own career and would not trade it for Draymond’s — even if it meant winning multiple NBA titles. Very few would argue that Green is anywhere near as good of a player as Barkley was, though plenty of people measure success strictly using championship hardware.

The war of words between Green and Barkley is one of the most entertaining in sports. Barkley said a few years ago that he wished someone would punch Green because Draymond complains to officials so much, and Chuck has roasted Green about his stats multiple times. The two appeared to settle their beef on live TV at one point, but they simply can’t resist taking shots at one another.

Draymond Green signing with shoe brand Converse

Draymond Green

Converse is looking to make a comeback in the basketball world, and they are doing so by signing Draymond Green.

Green is joining Converse and will be moving brands from Nike, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. This will make Green Converse’s highest-profile athlete since Dwyane Wade.

Converse became a subsidiary of Nike in 2003, but only recently started trying to get back into the basketball shoe market with athlete endorsements. Green will join Kelly Oubre Jr. as two NBA players with the brand.

Numerous shoe brands are making a move in the basketball world. In addition to Converse, Puma and New Balance have made some high-profile signings in an attempt to crack the market.

Video: Charles Barkley roasts Draymond Green for ‘triple-single’

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley roasted Draymond Green with a great line on Thursday night.

Green was ejected during the second quarter of his Golden State Warriors’ home game against the Los Angeles Lakers after picking up his second technical foul of the contest.

Barkley roasted Green at halftime of the game on TNT, mocking him for getting another “triple-single.”

True enough, Green had just 2 points, 1 rebound and 4 assists — a triple-single. Green is averaging 8.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game this season, which, yes, is a triple-single. Unlike the alluring triple-double where a player records double-figures in the three stat categories (points, rebounds, assists), the triple-single only requires one figure in each category, and is achieved by pretty much every player in the league.

Barkley and Green have had beef for a few years, going back to when Barkley wanted someone to punch Green for whining so much about the officials. Chuck actually used the “triple-single” line on Draymond last month too.

Draymond Green thinks Andrew Wiggins can make All-Defensive team next season

Draymond Green

Andrew Wiggins is getting gassed up by one of his new teammates who knows a thing or two about the defensive end of the floor.

Speaking with reporters Wednesday, Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green said that he thinks Wiggins can make an All-Defensive team next year.

Green, a former Defensive Player of the Year and five-time All-Defensive team selection, knows the potential that the 24-year-old Wiggins has as a defender. Wiggins is 6-foot-7 with a seven-foot wingspan, near-elite athleticism, and good instincts but has often been criticized for a lack of effort on that end.

The ex-No. 1 overall pick has already praised the Warriors’ culture, and this could be the situation that finally inspires him to realize his defensive ceiling.

Kevin Durant admits he started ‘isolating’ himself after Draymond Green feud

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant has admitted that his highly publicized feud with Draymond Green was a factor in his decision to leave the Golden State Warriors in free agency, and the injured Brooklyn Nets star opened up about that situation more this week.

Durant was a guest on Showtime’s “All the Smoke” with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, and he spoke a lot about his time in Golden State and why it came to an end. Durant admitted that he was taken aback by Green’s reaction after K.D. expressed frustration with Green for not passing him the ball near the end of an eventual overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers last season.

Beware that the clip contains some inappropriate language.

“Then he started coming off the top with all of that stuff and I’m just thinking, Draymond is actually my friend,” Durant said. “He’s somebody I can call when I’m going through anything like, ‘Yo, come through. Let’s hang out tonight.’ For him to say that s— to me just kind of threw me for a loop. I started isolating myself after that.”

Durant was referring to Green telling him the Warriors don’t need him and won before K.D. arrived in Golden State. Durant said he took that personally since he considered Green a friend, and the Warriors chose to sweep it under the rug rather than hash things out and move forward.

“Me and him sat down and talked about it,” Durant said. “I gave him my piece and he told me how he felt about it, but it happened in front of the whole team. Everybody saw it.”

Ironically, Green is the same guy who called K.D. to deliver the opposite message after Golden State lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals. Green played a huge role in recruiting Durant to the Warriors, which is why Durant felt so betrayed when Green treated him like an outsider.

Of course, Durant also has notoriously thin skin. He’s been known to defend himself on social media and even admitted to creating a burner account to do so, so it’s no surprise he took Green’s remarks so personally.