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Danny Green reveals what Warriors players said after Klay Thompson injury

Danny Green reveals what Warriors players said after Klay Thompson injury

With a little over 2 minutes and 22 seconds left in the third quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Klay Thompson went up for a dunk in transition.

Raptors guard Danny Green met Klay at the rim and was called for a foul. The Warriors' shooting guard landed awkwardly on his left leg and remained on the ground in a lot of pain.

You know how the story ends -- a couple of hours after Golden State lost, we learned that Thompson tore his left ACL.

It was not a dirty play whatsoever by Green. Sometimes, bad things just happen.

On Sunday, Green discussed the unfortunate situation with media members in Toronto:

"He was going up for a dunk and he can jump. I thought he was gonna go up with one hand ... he went up with two hands and I think it's a little easier for me to get to the ball with him going up with two hands. It's hard to find the ball with one hand.

"I thought it was pretty clean. They called a foul ... I wasn't sure what happened and I just saw him grab his knee. You never know serious it is with him because he just walks through and plays through anything. The guy came back on the court like it was nothing with a torn ACL and shot his free throws.

"The rest of his guys, they were making sure that I didn't take it the wrong way or feel too bad or guilty about it. It was a clean play.

"They were like, 'We know you're not dirty.' Draymond [Green], Iggy [Andre Iguodala] they were like, 'Yeah, you went up for the ball. He just came down funny. It's not your fault. Don't even worry about it.'

"And I wanted to check on him at the foul line. He's like, 'I know you didn't do it purposely.'"

"I didn't know the severity of it until after the game ... I saw [Draymond] in the hallway after and he said it's an ACL and I was like 'Ahhh, sh--.' It's gonna be a long summer for not just him but their team.

"You never want to see those guys go down that way. They're special players and you don't want to see their careers changed, or be hindered or be over because of certain types of plays or injuries -- especially the ones you're involved in."

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Danny Green -- who will turn 32 years old on June 22 -- just finished a 4-year, $40 million contract with the Raptors and is about to become an unrestricted free agent.

Although the Warriors are on good terms with Green and could certainly use his shooting in Klay's absence, the most the team could offer him next season is about $5.7 million. So in all likelihood, he'll look for more money elsewhere.

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Steph Curry likes Warriors rookie Jordan Poole's 'F you mentality'

Steph Curry likes Warriors rookie Jordan Poole's 'F you mentality'

Steph Curry is going to need all the help he can get at the start of next season, and the Warriors hope their first-round draft pick can help take some of the offensive load off the two-time NBA MVP's shoulders.

The Warriors drafted Michigan's Jordan Poole with the No. 28 overall selection in June. The young guard garnered a reputation as a gunner in college, and he has the shot-making ability to be an asset alongside Curry this season.

With Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston all gone, the burden will fall on Curry, Draymond Green and new-addition D'Angelo Russell to help the Dubs stay afloat in the newly revamped Western Conference. 

Poole can help by giving the Warriors some scoring pop off the pine, and Curry has liked what he's seen from the young gunner.

Via The Athletic's Marcus Thompson:

Curry said he watched some of the Warriors’ summer-league action. One of the players who jumped out at him was first-round pick Jordan Poole.

Curry loved the youngster’s confidence. He can already see how the Warriors can take advantage of Poole’s aggressiveness and creativity. Sure, the youngster will have his bumps as he learns the ropes. But Curry likes the idea of Poole’s “F you mentality” in the rotation.

Despite their rival alma maters, Green also should appreciate that attitude from Poole as its something the five-time All-Defensive selection has in common with the rookie.

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As the Warriors retool in the aftermath of a grueling NBA Finals loss, many are counting them out of the championship picture for next season. With the doubters multiplying, expect every Warrior to take on Poole's mentality, and look for the rookie to help them silence their skeptics. 

Jimmer Fredette signs in Greece after leaving Warriors Summer League team

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Jimmer Fredette signs in Greece after leaving Warriors Summer League team

Jimmer Fredette's decision to back out of the Warriors' Summer League roster seems to have paid off.

The 30-year-old guard announced Monday on Instagram that he signed with Greece's Panathinaikos BC, nearly two weeks after pulling out of Summer League in order to stay healthy as he weighed overseas offers. The contract with Panathinaikos, according to Eurohoops, is for two years.

Drafted No. 10 overall in 2010, the former BYU phenom bounced around the NBA for five seasons before playing with the Shanghai Sharks in China from 2016 through 2019. Fredette briefly joined the Phoenix Suns at the end of the 2018-19 season, averaging 3.7 points on 27.6 percent shooting from the field in six games. 

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Fredette didn't live up to the hype in NBA that his decorated college career heralded for some fans, Panathinaikos is one of the most decorated teams in Europe and won the Greek Cup under Rick Pitino -- yes, that Rick Pitino -- just last season. All things considered, it's not a bad landing spot for Fredette, and he intimated as much last month while he was still aiming for an NBA comeback.

"I’ve had a lot of cool places to play basketball and make great money and play the game that I love," he said last month at the Warriors' facility. "It has been a true blessing, and I’m continuing my journey right now, trying to push forward, see what happens and make the best of the situation I have.”