Draymond Green, a seasoned veteran of the Golden State Warriors, confidently dismissed any concerns surrounding the team’s size during a candid interview on the sidelines of their highly anticipated opening game against the Phoenix Suns.
Despite the NBA landscape being dominated by formidable big men, Green was unwavering in his belief that the Warriors’ smaller lineup is not a disadvantage. Engaging with analysts during the game’s second half, Green masterfully turned the conversation, shifting the focus from his team’s size to the unique challenges they pose to larger squads: “No, I wouldn’t necessarily worry about that.
With that very small team, we won a championship a couple of years ago. These are things the bigger teams have to handle when they are playing against us, with our speed. So I wouldn't worry about that."
Green's Sideline Start
Green, unfortunately, had to watch the season opener from the sidelines due to a left ankle sprain he sustained during a pickup game before the commencement of training camp.
His absence marked a significant loss for the Warriors, who started the game with Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins, Klay Thompson, and Kevon Looney. The situation, however, presents an invaluable opportunity for the Warriors’ coaching staff to explore and experiment with potential lineups in preparation for Green’s return.
Green himself remains optimistic about his recovery, providing a positive update for fans: “I do feel good. I don't feel all the way 100% myself, but I'm getting there”. Last season, Green participated in 73 games, contributing an average of 8.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game.
Although these statistics might not fully encapsulate his value on the court, the Warriors are certainly feeling the absence of his strategic play and robust defense—key elements that have been instrumental in the team’s success over the past decade.
The Warriors’ decision to give Green additional recovery time, despite him being cleared for 5 x 5 action, underscores their long-term vision and commitment to ensuring their star player’s optimal health. As the season progresses, the team and its fans eagerly await Green’s return, confident that his presence will once again fortify their championship aspirations.