Dennis Rodman says Warriors' Draymond Green is NBA player most like him


Dennis Rodman says Warriors' Draymond Green is NBA player most like him

The Bulls dynasty was led by Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, but Chicago would not have won the latter three NBA championships without the help and presence of Dennis Rodman.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson formed the foundation of Golden State's more recent dynasty, but much like Rodman, the Warriors wouldn't have sniffed back-to-back championships and five straight trips to the NBA Finals without the contributions of Draymond Green.

Rodman is the subject of the latest episode of ESPN's 30 for 30 series, which airs Tuesday night. The enigmatic Hall of Famer recently spoke with Bleacher Report's Sean Highkin, and another similarity between Rodman and Green was drawn.

When asked which current players remind him the most of himself, Rodman named only one.

"Players have to have the heart to go out there and do whatever they have to do to win. That's who I look at," Rodman responded. "You've got the Steph Currys, the LeBron James, players like that. But I want to see the player that says, 'OK, I want to be the player that stands out to do my job and earn the money for the role that they're paying me for.' That's what I'm looking for. I don't see that player out there. 

"Draymond Green is something sort of like that," Rodman continued. "But besides him, I don't see other players who have that passion, who have that love, that drive, they need basketball. No money, no fame. They have three hours of their life, 'I'm going out to do my job, to win for people. I'll get the gratification at the end of the day when I have a ring on my finger.' That's the kind of player I'm looking for."

Rodman isn't the only person looking for that kind of player, as all 30 teams in the league would love to have a player like Green on their roster. The sacrifices he has made for the betterment of the team have been essential in achieving the vast team and individual success he has experienced with Golden State.

Rodman was a five-time NBA champion, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and two-time All-Star. Green is a three-time champ, one-time Defensive Player of the Year and three-time All-Star.

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Due to the similarities Green shares with Rodman, don't rule out the possibility he matches and/or surpasses the Hall of Famer in all three categories.

Warriors coach very impressed with Eric Paschall in one specific area

Warriors coach very impressed with Eric Paschall in one specific area

Considering what the expectations were, Eric Paschall has been nothing short of fantastic so far this season.

The rookie is averaging 15.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, while shooting just under 53 percent from the field.

“His work ethic has been impressive from the jump,” Warriors assistant coach Theo Robertson -- who works closely with Paschall -- told Ethan Strauss of The Athletic. “His goal this season was to get on the floor and to this point he’s done everything necessary to facilitate that.

"We spend a ton of time watching film. I’ve been very impressed by his IQ. He’s been well-coached and sees the game.

"Moreover, his ability to apply concepts or teaching points immediately has been very impressive. He can execute a game plan and really understands the ‘why’ in a lot of things.”

Paschall -- who turned 23 years old last week -- spent five years in college, and greatly benefitted by playing for Villanova coach Jay Wright.

He constantly communicates on the defensive end and knows where to be.

As Strauss writes:

Synergy Sports grades Paschall out as “very good” on defense so far, which is tough to do on a Warriors team that’s putting up historically bad defensive efficiency numbers.

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Ultimately, it doesn't matter if Paschall starts or comes off the bench. He's going to play around 30 minutes per night.

But moving forward, hopefully we will get to see Paschall share the floor as much as possible with Draymond Green. Those two need to learn each other's tendencies and develop chemistry on both ends of the floor, and that can't happen when the rookie checks into the game for the three-time All-Star.

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Ayesha Curry stars in series 'Fempire' helping female entrepreneurs

Ayesha Curry stars in series 'Fempire' helping female entrepreneurs

Ayesha Curry is continuing her busy schedule by adding yet another project to the list.

Ellen Digital Network, in partnership with Lorissa's Kitchen, have developed "Fempire," which will star Ayesha, the wife of Warriors star Steph Curry, as the host of the six-episode original digital series. She will use her business savvy and wisdom to assist female entrepreneurs of all ages and stages to take their "Fempire" to the next level.

The series premieres Wednesday, where Ayesha surprises Melanie, an employee of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," who has a side hustle operating Melanie's Bakeshop out of her home during her spare time. Melanie has two kids and a full-time job and wants to take her business to the next level.

That's where Ayesha comes in. She surprised Melanie at work joking she's the show's "new intern."

Curry has learned a lot building her own empire all while being a wife and mother of three. She's happy to pay it forward with what she's discovered with other powerful women.

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We already are pretty familiar with her culinary success as she showed us in "Cookin' with the Currys" series. 

You can watch the first episode here