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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."
 

Warriors vs. Clippers live stream: Watch NBA game live on MyTeams

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Warriors vs. Clippers live stream: Watch NBA game live on MyTeams

The Warriors open up a back-to-back with a quick trip to Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Clippers. 

Golden State will get a big boost with the return of All-Star forward Draymond Green, as well as reserve guard Shaun Livingston. The Warriors will still be without two-time MVP Stephen Curry, however. 

Here's how you can watch Warriors-Clippers, as well as the pregame and postgame coverage, live online. 

When: Monday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. PT (pregame show at 6:30 p.m.)
Live Stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app

Desktop users can stream the game by clicking this link.

Warriors vs. Clippers watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

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Warriors vs. Clippers watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

When the Warriors left Oakland for a flight to Los Angeles on Sunday, they took reinforcements along for the trip.

Draymond Green and Shaun Livingston will be active Monday night when the defending champs face the Clippers at Staples Center. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30pm, with Warriors Pregame, followed by tipoff scheduled for 7:35pm.

Green missed the last two games with a sprained toe on his right foot. Livingston missed the last seven games with soreness in his right foot. Listed as questionable on Sunday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr confirmed the availability of both after the morning shootaround.

The Clippers (7-5) bear little resemblance to the team the Warriors (11-2) once considered Enemy No. 1. Forward Luc Mbah a Moute is the only player on the current roster that was a member of their 2017 playoff team, and he returned this summer after a year with the Rockets.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors

F - Kevin Durant
F - Draymond Green
C - Damian Jones
G - Klay Thompson
G - Quinn Cook

Clippers

F - Tobias Harris
F - Danilo Gallinari
C - Marcin Gortat
G - Patrick Beverley
G - Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

INJURY REPORT

Warriors:

C DeMarcus Cousins (L Achilles’ tendon surgery rehab) and G Stepen Curry (L groin strain) are listed as out.

Clippers:

G Avery Bradley (L ankle sprain) and F Luc Mbah a Moute (L knee soreness) are listed as questionable.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors:

The return of Green and Livingston puts most of the rotation intact, allowing coach Steve Kerr more flexibility. The veterans will need to knock off some rust, however, so there may be some ugly moments.

With the added depth, the Warriors better positioned to match up with a Clippers team that often relies on small lineups with relatively position-less players. Kerr won’t mind doing so.

Expect to see plenty of Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney. The Warriors likely will cross-match in the backcourt, with Thompson defending Gilgeous-Alexander and Cook on Beverley.

Clippers:

Veterans Harris and Gallinari, both small forwards, share the team scoring lead at 19.6 points per game.

Though Gortat starts at center, he’s averaging only about 17 minutes per game, giving way to Montrezl Harrell and Boban Marjanovic. Harrell, the former Houston Rocket, is a terrific athlete off to a terrific start.

The Warriors know Lou Williams, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, as he cooked them for 50 points in a game last season. He’ll see a rotating crew of defenders.

Coach Doc Rivers, a former NBA point guard, has trusted rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to run the team. Results so far have been mixed.