Draymond Green not concerned with moves made by Lakers, Rockets, others

Draymond Green not concerned with moves made by Lakers, Rockets, others

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.”

What Warriors do with their two-way players when held out of practice

What Warriors do with their two-way players when held out of practice

Warriors guards Ky Bowman and Damion Lee are on two-way contracts. By rule, they are allowed to be with Golden State for a maximum of 45 days.

Only games and official practices count against the limit, as travel days are not included.

The Warriors have been so banged up this season the team has had to be strategic with both players in order to squeeze as many games as possible out of them. 

For instance, the Dubs didn't practice in Houston about a month ago to preserve a day. On Thursday, coach Steve Kerr revealed that Bowman simply did not participate with the squad.

"He can't take part in team practice activity. So he can be in the building but he can't be out on the floor watching," Kerr explained Thursday evening on 95.7 The Game. "So what we do is we will have him come to the gym either before or after the team practice -- and we're doing the same thing with Damion Lee -- with one of our developmental coaches and get an individual workout.

"But they can't do the team workout or it costs us one of those 45 days."

The rules are quite strict.

"They have to watch the film separately from the team," Kerr said. "That's why we have individual coaches and developmental coaches assigned to every player."

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Bowman already has used up 28 days -- 23 games plus five practices.

Lee only has played in 11 games (plus one practice), as he hasn't taken the floor since sustaining a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand on Nov. 11.

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Warriors' Eric Paschall shocked by how nice everybody is in Bay Area

Warriors' Eric Paschall shocked by how nice everybody is in Bay Area

Despite being the No. 41 overall pick in the 2019 draft, Warriors forward Eric Paschall might just be the front-runner for NBA Rookie of the Year.

The 22-year-old is averaging 17.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting just under 51 percent from the field.

But when he's not working on his game, what's he up to?

"I'm on Instagram, or I'm on Twitter, or looking at memes, or on Youtube just watching anything, or just playing video games," Paschall recently told Warriors radio play-by-play man Tim Roye. "I'm a really simple guy. Or I'm watching Netflix."

And how is the New York native adjusting to life in the Bay Area?

"One thing I definitely like about it is the weather -- it's not too cold," he said. "I've realized everybody is a lot nicer out here. Everybody says hello. I remember in my apartment building, people were just like, 'How was your day?'

"I'm like whoa. This is weird for me, especially (being) from the East Coast because everybody is so uptight. But it's really cool. I like the Bay a lot in terms of the atmosphere.

"The support the Warriors get -- it's all over the place. I like the Bay."

Well said, rook. When it isn't snowing and/or freezing cold, people tend to be in a better mood.

While Paschall seems to have found a rhythm and is comfortable in his NBA routine, his parents still are figuring things out.

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"It's wild now because I've had a few good games and now for them, they're getting a lot of attention back at home," the Villanova product explained. "Everybody knows who my parents are.

"They get questions. They kind of don't even have their own identity. (People) say, 'Oh, that's Eric's dad, Eric's mom.' That's something that they're getting used to.

"But they're enjoying it. They're super proud of me, just seeing how I'm becoming a man and a basketball player."

They should be very proud.

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