Bob Myers: One reason Draymond wasn't great defender in college

Bob Myers: One reason Draymond wasn't great defender in college

After recording his first triple-double of the season on Tuesday night and coming up with the game-sealing steal, Draymond Green told reporters that he wasn't a great on-the-ball defender in college and developed a love for it in the NBA.

On Wednesday afternoon, CSN Bay Area's Greg Papa asked Warriors general manager Bob Myers on 95.7 The Game if in fact Draymond was not a great defensive player at Michigan State.

"No he wasn't," Myers declared. "He wasn't in shape. He was smart enough to do it. His first summer league practice when we drafted him, I remember the coaches telling me he's like a 10-year vet as far as picking up the schemes ... physically, he wasn't there.

"He wasn't in shape. He was carrying 15-20 pounds of weight. And he's not this elite athlete anyway. He's a very good athlete, great hands -- some of the best hands in the league -- but you can't carry that around. In college, you get away with it but in the pros it was catching up to him."

[POOLE: Draymond records triple-double, but only cares about game-sealing steal]

Myers then shed some light on the exit interview he had with Draymond at the conclusion of Draymond's rookie season.

"He asked me, which is a credit to him again, 'What do you think I need to do?' And I said, 'I don't understand Draymond, you guys -- not just you -- but athletes get paid millions of dollars, and it's offensive to not be in shape. Let there be another reason why you can't play, let there be something else. Not being in shape can't be your reason for not succeeding. It can be any other reason. That's a baseline for success in athletics is being in shape.'

"The best thing he did was he just said, 'All right.' And when he came back the next year, totally different body. Completely different body. Changed everything -- body fat, body composition, strength, agility, speed -- and he kind of took off from there.

"A lot of guys will say, 'What can I do?' And then you tell them, and they walk out the door and they don't do anything."

Draymond averaged 2.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.7 assists over 13.4 minutes per game as a rookie.

Those numbers increased to 6.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 21.9 minutes per contest in Year 2.

Under new head coach Steve Kerr in 2014-15, Draymond started all 79 games and racked up averages of 11.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists.

"Draymond figured out how best to help his team, because in his whole life the thing he's done best is win," Myers said. "So he figured out pretty quick: 'What does this team need me to be because I want to win, I want to win championships ... I want it to be my legacy.'

"It all comes down to one thing -- it's winning. I remember the guy (Troy) Polamalu on the Steelers. How is this guy involved in every single big play that matters? Ronnie Lott. There's guys that just all the time ... he's a menace to the opposition.

"The opponent doesn't like him because when it's down to that one possession and he's involved, he wins that possession usually."

Steph Curry knows it comes with risk, but he's not going to change the way he plays


Steph Curry knows it comes with risk, but he's not going to change the way he plays

OAKLAND -- When he returns to the Warriors, likely on Friday, Stephen Curry will alter nothing about his game despite coming off a four-month period during which his surgically repaired right ankle endured multiple aggravations.

He’ll be the same Curry that fans have come to know, diving into passing lanes on defense while firing up 3-pointers and darting in and out of paint traffic on offense.

It’s the only way he knows how to play, and he’s played long enough to accept that it comes with risk.

“When I wake up in the morning I’ll know the difference between my right (ankle) and my left,” Curry said Thursday after practice. “But that won’t stop me from being who I am on the floor and having confidence in myself when I get back out there.”

Curry missed 11 games after spraining his ankle on Dec. 4 in New Orleans. He missed two games after tweaking it in shootaround on Jan 10. He missed no games after tweaking it March 2 in Atlanta. He has missed the last six games after tweaking it on March 8 against the Spurs.

“I’ve been very durable over the course of my career,” said Curry, who is listed as probable but fully expects to play Friday against Atlanta. “It’s just that I’ve had three untimely, freak accidents happen.”

Curry stepped on E’twaun Moore’s foot in New Orleans, on Zaza Pachulia’s foot in Atlanta and Dejounte Murray’s foot against the Spurs at Oracle Arena.

Not once in the previous five regular seasons did Curry miss significant time due to his tricky ankle. He missed a total of 16 games during that span, never more than four in a season, and six of those were for reasons of rest.

This season, however, has tested Curry’s patience like nothing since 2011-12, after which he had his second ankle surgery. He concedes that being in and out of the lineup has left him at times feeling “boredom, monotony and frustration.”

Though some of that can be attributed to the rehab process, there is no doubt part of that stems from watching the Warriors from the sideline.

With Curry out of the lineup this season, the Warriors are 13-8 (he missed one game with a hand bruise, another with a thigh bruise). That they are 40-10 when he’s in the lineup illustrates his importance.

It’s not just that he’s important. Curry is the catalyst for the offense and he can only be that if he is playing without regard for the possibility of injury. A hesitant Curry can’t be an effective Curry, so full throttle is the only way to go.

"If we’re trying to win a championship, I need to be out there,” he said. “That’s a given. We want every single guy out there, healthy and available, myself included. That’s the ideal situation.”

If he gets hurt along the way, so be it. As man of faith, he believes that anything that happens is influenced by a higher power.

“It doesn’t matter if I’m shooting 3s or pullups are going into the lane or playing defense, that’s liable to happen any time,” Curry said. “Other than those instances, I haven’t had anything to worry about on the injury front. We are prisoners of the moment when it comes (playing the game). I don’t feel like I’m at a point where I have to change anything based on me being a durable player and being on the court consistently.

“Down the line, if you ask me about it in three of four years, there might be something I might need to change. But not right now.”

There is a segment of fans, worried about Curry’s health and realizing it is tied to the fate of the team, who would like him to dial back his aggression. Maybe avoid the paint and settle for more jump shots. He’s heard the advice and is not unwilling to launch a few more shots from deep.

But Curry is going to go where he sees daylight, and the best chance to make a positive play. He’ll take his chances because hesitation has no place in his mind or his game.


How Iguodala helped Looney get career on track, 'I finally listened to him...'


How Iguodala helped Looney get career on track, 'I finally listened to him...'

Back in late October, the Warriors declined their $2.3 million team option on Kevon Looney for the 2018-19 season.

How did that make him feel?

"It was kind of a let down," Looney told Tim Kawakami and Marcus Thompson on the Warriors Plus/Minus Podcast. "I knew it was up in the air. It was going back and forth, back and forth. When they didn't pick it up -- they told me why, I understood, I've been here for three years, I've seen a lot of players come and go; I know basketball is a business -- I was kind of let down.

"But I knew I was going to try and make the most of it. Now I'm playing for my contract for next year. I just wanted to go prove myself. I knew this summer there was a lot of doubts about what I could do. People were doubting if I would even be in the NBA still ... I knew what I was capable of."

Looney underwent surgery on his right hip in August 2015, and appeared in just five games during his rookie season.

He then had surgery on his left hip in April 2016, and appeared in 53 games (8.4 minutes per night) during the 2016-17 season.

This year, he's averaging career highs in points (3.5), rebounds (2.9), blocks (0.7) and minutes (12.0).

"This summer, I decided I just wanted to try go back to the way I played in college. It's been working for me," Looney explained. "I lost about 30 pounds this offseason and it's really made me a lot faster and a lot quicker. And I've been staying healthy."

How did he drop all that weight?

"A lot of broccoli and turkey and plain food. Food that wasn't that good but it's something that I had to get used to," Looney said. "Taco Bell, fried chicken, I was eating that on the regular ... coming off of injury, you can't eat like that. It's a different level of intensity in the NBA.

"I had to change my diet. Andre (Iguodala) was in my ear for two years about it. I finally listened to him and it paid off."

Looney will become an unrestricted free agent in July.

Although the Warriors declined the option, the 22-year old could return to Golden State -- but the max amount the Warriors can offer him is $2.3 million.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller