The classic role of a traditional center continues to become more scarce in the NBA, and one player thinks that’s only getting worse.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green sees the Lakers-Rockets series as something of a referendum on the center position. While the Lakers still have classic big men like Dwight Howard, the Rockets lean on smaller lineups. 6-foot-7 Robert Covington was Houston’s tallest Game 1 starter, and the only one over 6-foot-5.
Green said on Twitter that a Rockets win would further hasten the demise of the classic center position.
All big centers not named Joel, KAT, and Joker should be cheering hard for the lakers right now. If Houston take this series it’s going to hurt the value of the big man even more.
Draymond Green is already one of the NBA’s most vocal presences on the court, and now he is about to be a more vocal presence off the court as well.
The San Francisco Chronicle’s Connor Letorneau reported on Friday that the Golden State Warriors star forward is joining CNN as a contributor. Green will appear periodicially on the network to discuss issues linking sports and society.
Green, 30, has had a long layoff since the Warriors’ season ended in March. During that time, he has made a number of television guest appearances, including on TNT’s “Inside the NBA.”
One of Green’s recent appearances even led to a fine, so he will probably make for more interesting television now that he is contributing to CNN.
NBA players have decided that they want to proceed with the season, and Draymond Green clearly thinks that is the right move.
Before players met and reportedly decided that they want to resume the playoffs, Green shared some of his thoughts on the subject in an Instagram comment. He criticized those who say NBA players should stop working over social justice issues. Green, whose Golden State Warriors were not involved in the Orlando restart, believes that would be “counterproductive.”
“The notion that athletes should just stop working but no one else in the world should stop is baffling to me,” Green wrote. “Why stop doing the very thing that offers you the biggest platform to speak for those that look like me/us.”
Players — at least the majority of them — ultimately agreed with Green. They decided on Thursday morning to finish the season despite reports the night before that two top teams wanted to call it off.
Three playoff games were postponed on Wednesday, and the same will happen for Thursday’s games. The expectation is play could resume either on Friday or over the weekend. In the meantime, players are reportedly compiling a list of “actionable items” for the NBA.
Charles Barkley has taken numerous shots at Draymond Green over the years, and it appears the Golden State Warriors star is programmed to expect them.
Green served as a guest analyst on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” Friday night, and at one point Barkley was talking about players who aren’t great shooters and how they make it easier on defenses. He was specifically referring to Marcus Smart and the Boston Celtics, but Green took it personally and asked if Barkley was “throwing shots.”
The Suns haven’t made the playoffs since 2009-2010 and haven’t had a winning season since 2013-2014. Booker has only known losing since going pro. But the Suns were fortunate enough to have been included in the NBA restart, and they are maximizing the opportunity.
They have gone 5-0 in Orlando and seem to be heading in the right direction. Maybe that is giving Booker confidence about believing in his organization. The organization obviously enjoys having him.
Draymond Green was fined by the NBA on Sunday for tampering, and the Golden State Warriors star found the situation quite entertaining.
Appearing as a guest analyst on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” Friday night, Green had high praise for Devin Booker and said the star guard needs to leave the Phoenix Suns if he wants to make the most of his career. The comments were a pretty clear tampering violation and led to a $50,000 fine. Shortly after the fine was announced, Green tweeted a bunch of laughing emojis.
That was Green’s first tweet since July 17, so there’s no way the timing was a coincidence. There’s also no way he’s going to sweat a $50,000 fine, as Green signed a four-year, $100 million max extension with Golden State a year ago.
The NBA had no choice but to fine Green, especially after TNT’s Ernie Johnson acknowledged on live TV that Green’s comments about Booker may have constituted tampering. You can see the full on-air exchange here.
Draymond Green has been fined by the NBA for the remarks he made about Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker while serving as a guest analyst for TNT.
The NBA announced on Sunday that Green has been fined $50,000. In the press release, the league referenced the stricter enforcement of tampering rules that begin prior to this season.
NBA announces it has fined Draymond Green $50,000 for violating anti-tampering rules following his comments on TNT about Phoenix guard Devin Booker. NBA references stricter approach to tampering, enforced prior to 2019-20 season: pic.twitter.com/bDLC2xoPN0
Green had high praise for Booker while serving as a guest analyst on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” Friday night. The Golden State Warriors star said playing for the Phoenix Suns is not good for Booker’s career and that Booker needs to go “somewhere he can play great basketball all the time and win.” TNT’s Ernie Johnson immediately pointed out that Green might be tampering. You can see a video of the exchange here.
Booker, 23, has been with the Suns since being drafted No. 13 overall by them in 2015. He is an explosive scorer and has averaged 26.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game this season. His Suns have gone 4-0 since the NBA restart. Booker has expressed some issues with the Suns’ chemistry in the past, but that did not stop him from signing a massive $158 million extension with them two years ago.
Draymond Green is likely facing a fine for tampering based on his comments about Devin Booker.
Green appeared in studio as a guest commentator on TNT Friday. When talking about the young Phoenix Suns star, he said something that could clearly be construed as tampering.
Draymond Green talking Devin Booker on @NBAonTNT: "Get my man out of Phoenix. It's not good for him, it's not good for his career. I need my man to go somewhere he can play great basketball all the time, and win." Ernie Johnson: "Are you tampering?' Draymond: "Maybe" pic.twitter.com/vTUn4pK3iq
“Get my man out of Phoenix. It’s not good for him, it’s not good for his career. I need my man to go somewhere he can play great basketball all the time, and win,” Green said.
He was even asked if he was tampering and acknowledged that might be the case. Players and executives are not allowed to speak about players who are under contract with other teams.
Booker, 23, has been with the Suns since being drafted No. 13 overall by them in 2015. He is an explosive scorer and has averaged 26.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game this season. His Suns have had a nice showing in Orlando, going 4-0 since the NBA restart. Booker has expressed some issues with the Suns’ chemistry in the past, but that did not stop him from signing a massive $158 million extension with them two years ago.
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.
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.