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Why Warriors' Draymond Green enjoys playing with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson

Why Warriors' Draymond Green enjoys playing with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson

Draymond Green has spent his entire NBA career on the Warriors with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson as teammates. This season, however, he played alongside them far less often than any previous season to date.

Despite having only played five games with Curry and zero with Thompson over the last calendar year, the benefits of playing with the Splash Brothers still are fresh in Green's mind. When ESPN's Jalen Rose suggested people need to "put more respect" on the Splash Brothers' names, Green described how much he enjoys playing with Curry and Thompson.

"It's extremely dope," Green said Wednesday on ESPN's "Jalen & Jacoby." "A, they've been a huge part of changing the game of basketball as a whole. But then when you play with two guys like Steph and Klay ... their selflessness, that's important in building a championship team. It's never all about them.

"For me, as a facilitator, I can't ask for two better guys to play with. Delivering the ball, trying to put the ball on time, on target, but always knowing that if you put the ball in the right place, they can get a shot off.

"Seeing the eruptions that they can go on, it's always fun to play with those guys and the way they can just wreck a defense. They'll have two or three guys chasing them, and it's always fun seeing the guys turning to each other and start bickering because they done messed up the defensive assignment." 

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With the Warriors not included in the NBA's expanded playoff format, it's going to be quite a bit longer until Green, Curry and Thompson take the court together again. But when they do, they should be amply rested, which is a bad sign for the rest of the league.

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Why Kevin Durant left Jalen Rose's $10K buy-in fantasy football league

Why Kevin Durant left Jalen Rose's $10K buy-in fantasy football league

Former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose might have the wildest fantasy football league there is. 

The star-studded league features the likes of Warriors forward Draymond Green and LeBron James' business partner Maverick Carter. Green's former Golden State teammate Kevin Durant used to be in the league, too. 

"Initially KD was in our league. He got upset and left the league," Rose said Tuesday on ESPN's "Get Up." "I'm tellin' you, he did." 

James also was in the league before he finished in last place two years ago and quit. 

Wait, so you're saying KD and LeBron left after things didn't quite go their way? The jokes write themselves. Let's just leave it at that. 

[RELATED: How Kerr found out Durant was leaving Warriors for Nets]

This league comes with a hefty cost, too. 

"It cost $10,000 to play in the league," Rose revealed. "This is like a real serious thing." 

It better be with that kind of buy-in. Care to share the wealth, Jalen?

Why Jalen Rose calls Draymond Green 'brilliant' signing $100M extension

Why Jalen Rose calls Draymond Green 'brilliant' signing $100M extension

Draymond Green could have been an unrestricted free agent after the 2019-2020 NBA season. The star forward didn't wait until then to cash in, though. 

Green signed a four-year, $100 million extension with the Warriors on Saturday. He'll now make $118 million over the next five years. 

Former player and current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose believes Green, a fellow Michigan native, made the right decision by signing with the Warriors this offseason. 

"Now he gets a chance to cement his legacy for a team that's gonna retire his jersey, a team that he's probably gonna have a statue along with the guys he got a chance to play with," Rose said Monday morning on ESPN's "Get Up." 

"A brilliant decision by Draymond." 

Ultimately, Rose says Green showed self-awareness by signing the deal. 

"For a guy that's going into his eighth year, that has already won championships with the Golden State Warriors, averaged seven points this year and didn't make the All-Star team, he's the perfect example in the NBA of mastering your role," Rose said. "And Draymond Green has done that." 

Would Green be a $100 million player if he wasn't on the Warriors? It's hard to say. His numbers -- 7.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game last season -- certainly aren't worth such a hefty contract. But Draymond, who has been voted to the All-Defensive team five times, is a perfect fit for coach Steve Kerr's scheme -- especially on a roster full of sharpshooters such as Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. 

Fit can be everything, and Rose brought up examples such as Dwight Howard leaving the Orlando Magic, Carmelo Anthony leaving the Denver Nuggets and Deron Williams leaving the Utah Jazz as what could have happened had Draymond decided to head elsewhere down the line. 

"If you leave the Golden State Warriors, you don't know what you're getting into," Rose said.

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For now, and the foreseeable future, Green will continue to be the heartbeat of Golden State.