Former Warrior says Draymond Green, Klay Thompson 'got into it a lot'
Are any of you surprised that the former teammate is Marreese Speights?
Former Golden State Warriors forward Marreese Speights told ESPN's Ethan Sherwood Strauss that forward Draymond Green hurt the team's chemistry when he yelled at teammates, adding that guard Klay Thompson, in particular, took much of Green's ire:
Throughout the season, Green, in the guise of motivation, would berate his co-workers during games and practices; on multiple occasions he had to be separated from teammates.
"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." One player in particular, he says, took much of the heat: "Draymond and Klay got into it a lot." (Thompson declined to comment for this story.)
You should read the whole story, which is about the ways in which Green makes the Warriors work and the ways in which he might undo them. In context, this is an example of how Green drove Golden State to an NBA record 73 wins last season, but caused more than his share of exasperation along the way.
Whenever Green has found trouble, coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers have said essentially the same thing: You take the good with the bad. Green is an emotional player, a vocal leader and arguably the most important Warrior. As he has gone from a second-round pick to an All-Star and Olympian, he has retained the spirit of a player who is just trying to make the team. That's generally a great thing ... until he gets in a shouting match with his coach or gets suspended in the middle of the NBA Finals.
Going into this season, the question is how Green's personality and ego will fit in on a team that now has fewer touches and shots available. Green's ability to play center is even more important than it has been for the past two years because of the departures of rim protectors Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli, but his playmaking and shooting are less essential because of the presence of Kevin Durant. If and when Golden State hits a bump in the road while trying to build chemistry, the hope is that Green will be part of the solution, not causing a problem.
Also: Is it even a little bit surprising that the player to go on the record with this is Speights? This is the same guy who said he lost respect for LeBron James during last year's NBA Finals, tweeted an emoji of a baby's bottle and called out the league for suspending Green "for nothing." He's not afraid of saying anything, especially after leaving the Warriors for their rival Los Angeles Clippers this summer.
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