The Golden State Warriors are primed for another run to the NBA Finals with their offseason acquisition of superstar Kevin Durant. But there is one glaring problem in the Warriors camp they need to address if they want to continue their success in recent years and that is the volatility and temperament of Draymond Green.
According to Ethan Sherwood Strauss of ESPN, Green’s attitude is a double-edged sword for Golden State.
“Herein lies the paradox of the perfectly constructed squad: It’s built on ground that roils with lava — and on the back of a man who has become increasingly unpredictable, emboldened and unaccountable,” Strauss wrote in a recent piece tackling Green’s effect on the Warriors squad.
The writer noted that Green is still one of the most important players in the Warriors roster, and even more valuable than two-time MVP Stephen Curry because of his versatility on both ends of the floor.
However, the article exposed that there was tension between Green and head coach Steve Kerr and Green and teammates last season. These internal rifts could have had an effect on team chemistry, something that the Warriors value deeply in their system.
One of the exposes in the story is a quote from former Warriors big man Marreese Speights.
“Draymond f***ed up practice and s***. Draymond’s a good guy, but I think at the end of the day, it hurt the whole chemistry of the year,” Speights shared in the article with both Thompson and Green reportedly declining for interviews in the ESPN story.
Draymond Green’s names has been mentioned in trade rumors this offseason mainly due to his off-court antics, like when he accidentally showed his d*** in a Snapchat session. On the court, he is also being accused of being a dirty player, with one instance going for LeBron James’ balls during the 2016 NBA Finals.
Kerr knows of players like Green, who are controversial and volatile but brings a lot of other positive contributions to the team. Kerr had a teammate named Dennis Rodman during his playing days with the Chicago Bulls and the Warriors mentor knows that controlling a Rodman/Green is crucial for the team to accomplish an NBA title every season.
Steve Kerr and the Warriors are unlikely to trade Draymond Green soon especially because of his contributions on defense and running the offense. Golden State has Curry, Durant and Klay Thompson as main offensive players so if Green continues to be a distraction, there is a possibility that the Warriors consider trading him this season.
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