OAKLAND -- Basketball fan that he is, Draymond Green took note of the hyperactive summer that changed the landscape in the NBA’s Western Conference and sees it as another season in which it provides wind beneath the Warriors.
“I approach it the same way: If we play our best game, our best brand of basketball that we can play, we’ll win,” Green said Monday at the team’s Media Day.
While the Warriors made a big move, signing center DeMarcus Cousins to a one-year contract, challengers around the conference were far more hyperactive in pursuit of the two-time defending champs.
“I watch all the moves,” Green said. “I think some teams have improved. Obviously, the Lakers look like they’re going to improve. And several other teams.”
The Lakers are dramatically different in the wake of acquiring LeBron James, along with a cast of additional veterans to blend with a promising young core.
The Rockets added Carmelo Anthony and young power forward Marquese Chriss -- but lost Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute.
The Thunder, which moved Anthony to the Hawks in exchange for firebrand guard Dennis Schroeder and forward Mike Muscala, also added Nerlens Noel.
The Spurs, moving Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green while adding DeMar DeRozan and Marco Belinelli, have altered their look.
“At the end of the day, a lot of people are counting the Spurs out,” Green said. “They’re going to be good. They’re always good. So it’s going to be teams that are really good."
Green added that his focus is on the Warriors being the best that they can be, “knowing that if we are, it really don’t matter what anyone else does.”