Draymond Green blasts NCAA in support of bill that pays college athletes

Draymond Green blasts NCAA in support of bill that pays college athletes

SAN FRANCISCO -- Warriors forward Draymond Green has been among a number of athletes behind a bill in California that allows college athletes to make money on their likeness. 

Now, with California Gov. Gavin Newson signing the bill into law, Green and his teammates applauded the move during Warriors Media Day on Monday afternoon.  

"Someone needs to force this dictatorship to change because that's exactly what it is," Green said. "It's no different than any country that's ran by dictators. The NCAA is a dictatorship."

The bill, which Newsom signed into law on an episode of "The Shop" with Lakers star LeBron James, makes it illegal for schools or the NCAA to prohibit athletes from selling rights to their name, image or likeness. The new law, which goes into effect in 2023, also allows athletes to hire an agent to represent them. 

Supporters of the law say it is the most significant legislation targeted against the NCAA. Under current bylaws, student-athletes cannot earn compensation from their likeness, much to Green's dismay.  

"You spend so much time in college broke, with no money, and yet everybody else was living very well," Green said. "The university is making a ton of money off your likeness."

"It does not make any sense," Green added. "I can make all the money off your likeness, and the moment you decide to make some money off your likeness, you can't play here anymore. You're ineligible. You're suspended. It's backwards."

Warriors guard Steph Curry, who played three years at Davidson College in North Carolina, also showed support towards the bill. 

"Anything that kind of speaks to creating opportunities for athletes to take advantage of what they put into their craft and you know how much money the NCAA is making is obviously -- somebody to base going on of whether it's good or bad," Curry said. "Actually I love player-friendly things that put people in positions to be successful and to get what they're owed and deserved."

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Warriors rookie Jordan Poole was in favor of the bill as well, and felt he could've taken advantage of it if it was in place during his college career.

"I know for sure I would have been using my name after that Houston shot, so I feel like that would have been something I would have been able to do," Poole said, referring to his iconic game-winning 3-pointer in the NCAA tournament in 2018.

"But I feel like it's a huge step in the right direction. I feel like it's a lot of money that college players make, and going to the organizations and the schools and universities. Being able just to have that pass in the state of California is just huge for the game."

Why Mychal Thompson was nervous for Klay's first game vs. Kobe Bryant

Why Mychal Thompson was nervous for Klay's first game vs. Kobe Bryant

Klay Thompson is just about the most cool, calm, collected player in the NBA. He never gets rattled and he's never nervous.

But Klay's dad Mychal is a different story.

The elder Thompson posted a photo on Twitter on Monday from Klay's very first game against Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, and he revealed that he was nervous to watch his son face his idol.

Mychal said he was nervous because of the way Kobe treated rookies he faced. In that game, on Jan. 6, 2012, Bryant 39 points, seven assists and four rebounds in the Lakers' 97-90 win over the Warriors.

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Klay, in just his seventh career game, scored 14 points off the bench.

Born in Los Angeles, Klay grew up worshipping the late Bryant. Just this week, the Warriors star stopped by Staples Center to pay his respects to Bryant and his daughter Gigi, who died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.

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Based on the photo of Klay guarding Kobe eight years ago, it doesn't look like the 2011 No. 11 overall draft pick was nervous at all.

Steph Curry says NBA players upsetting President Trump doing 'right thing'

Steph Curry says NBA players upsetting President Trump doing 'right thing'

Steph Curry isn't able to peacefully protest in Orlando, Fla., but he's proud of what his NBA peers are doing with their platform.

Throughout the NBA restart at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, entire teams have taken a knee during the playing of the national anthem to protest racial and social injustices. Players are wearing social justice messages on their uniforms. They are using their Zoom conference calls with reporters to call for equality and for the Louisville police officers who shot Breonna Taylor to be arrested.

In particular, United States President Donald Trump has taken exception to NBA players kneeling during the national anthem, stating that he's turning off games because of the action.

But Curry believes if NBA players are angering President Trump, their message is the right one.

“My barometer is always, if the current president is upset about something that somebody’s speaking out on, then you’re probably saying the right thing," Curry told The New York Times' Marc Stein on Monday. "Whether they’ve knelt, or sacrificed an interview to talk about Breonna Taylor, or whatever’s important, they’re talking about it and they’re backing it up with action.”

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James spoke to reporters last week about President Trump turning off NBA games because players are kneeling.

"I really don't think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game," James said last Wednesday. "And that's all I got to say."

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Curry, LeBron and the rest of the NBA community understand what they are trying to accomplish with their actions and words. They are making a push for justice and equality in society. They are not concerned with President Trump's opposition.

And as Curry indicated, if the current president opposed what they are doing, they should keep doing what they are doing.