NBA News: Mark Jackson defends Draymond Green from critics, says the Warriors wouldn’t win a championship without him

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Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors
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Former Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson defended Draymond Green from the critics who are saying that he is a distraction for the last season’s runner-up. Jackson added that the Warriors would not win a championship without Green on their team.

Aside from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Draymond Green is one of the men behind the Warriors’ recent achievements. Despite his good on-court performance, some people can’t help themselves but see the other side of the 26-year-old power forward.

In the recent NBA Finals, Draymond Green was caught in the act of hitting LeBron James in the groin. Early in the offseason, he was arrested after being involved in an altercation inside a college bar. And the most recent, he accidentally sent a picture of his penis in a Snapchat session.

According to ESPN, former Warriors center Marreese Speights revealed that the Green’s antics has somehow affected the team’s chemistry.

“Draymond f—ed up practice and s—,” then-Warriors center Marreese Speights says. “Draymond’s a good guy, but I think at the end of the day, it hurt the whole chemistry of the year.”

Former Warriors head coach Mark Jackson defended Green and gave his comments for the negative reactions he heard for the power forward. Jackson said that he rather have a player who is too fired up than a player who is too placid.

“Well, I believe, if you put a lie detector test on Draymond Green he would say, at times, he hurt the (team’s) chemistry,” Jackson said. “But, this just in: if they don’t have Draymond Green, they don’t have jewelry. Those guys do not win a championship without Draymond Green. His mentality, his competitive spirit, his leadership qualities, the way he’s willing to do the dirty work and not get as much recognition as he deserves.”

“They acknowledge that. And he’s got to be better and then they have to hold him accountable. I’d rather have to calm a guy down than to try to hype him up for 82 nights. Draymond Green is an absolute winner and a leader on the floor.”

It is undeniable that Draymond Green could sometimes be a distraction for the Warriors but his leadership and performance on both ends are definitely irreplaceable. Green is only 26 and has lots of room to grow as a professional player on and off the court.

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