Draymond Green rips former players who questioned his leadership style

Draymond Green rips former players who questioned his leadership style

NEW ORLEANS -- Draymond Green followed the Warriors' 134-123 win over the Pelicans by doubling down on his comments about his team's performance this season, and defended his leadership style. 

"A lot of former players who ain't never led s--t blew it out of proportion," the Warriors forward said Monday night after his team's first victory of the season. "We sucked, and we're still not very good, but I actually know how to lead my entire life, so those that have never led should probably not talk about leading, but we just got to continue to get better."

Green's comments came less than 24 hours after he said Golden State "f---ing suck" after a 120-92 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Through the first four minutes of that game, the Warriors were outscored 15-3, allowing the Thunder to shoot 56 percent in the first half as they took a 70-37 lead into halftime.

Entering Monday, the Warriors had been outscored 261-214 in their first two games. That bad start caused NBA observers to question Golden State's playoff candidacy, which irked the team. 

"Everybody loves to label you when you're down and when you're losing," Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. "That's easy. It's easy to go on TV and say whatever you want to. Just throw darts at a team that's trying to figure it out based on how much success we've had, so I'd hope people can kind of see through that and understand what we're about as a team and we're going to build towards.

"Say whatever you want to say to fill that 24-hour news cycle. That's cool with us, but we're still going to hoop and play basketball."

Still, Green -- who finished with 16 points, 10 assists and 17 rebounds -- wasn't satisfied. 

"We're still not a very good team," he said. "We have a lot of room for improvement. Just because we won one game doesn't mean that we don't suck. We still have a lot of improvement."

No longer the prohibitive favorites to win the NBA championship, the Warriors have one of the youngest rosters in the league. Of their eight summer additions, just three have playoff experience and two are over the age of 26.

While Green sees growth in the roster, he believes the team still has a ways to go to get back to standard.

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"Compete as a team and compete at a high level," Green said. "First two nights, we didn't do that. Tonight, we did, but we still have a lot of room for improvement.

"Some people look at it as a negative -- depends on how you look at it. It's a negative or a positive. I know this team has a lot of improvement to do, and we plan on doing it." 

Warriors star Steph Curry reveals his favorite Kobe Bryant memory

Warriors star Steph Curry reveals his favorite Kobe Bryant memory

What is Steph Curry's favorite memory of Kobe Bryant?

Glad you asked.

It happened during Curry's rookie season in the NBA, as the two-time NBA MVP explained to Ben Golliver of The Washington Post:

As Curry remembers it, the Lakers were closing out a win over the Warriors in Oakland when he hit a “shoulder shimmy off-the-glass” shot.

“They panned to [Bryant] on the bench watching,” Curry recalled in a phone interview Tuesday. “He mouthed to whoever was sitting next to him, ‘Yo, he’s nice.’ I saw that clip afterward and I cracked a big smile knowing Kobe was impressed with what I was doing on the court as a rookie.

That moment was invaluable in building my confidence. He was always great at validating the next generation of talent. Once he took an interest in you, you had to know you were doing something right.”

That's pretty damn awesome.

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On March 15, 2010, Curry racked up 29 points and nine assists (with zero turnovers) against the Lakers at Oracle Arena, so perhaps this was the night.

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Why Steve Kerr isn't entertaining idea of Klay Thompson playing this year

Why Steve Kerr isn't entertaining idea of Klay Thompson playing this year

The Warriors were supposed to provide an official update on Klay Thompson's status during the All-Star break.

But it appears an announcement won't come until later this week.

Is coach Steve Kerr still operating with the mindset that Klay will not return to game action this season?

"It's so different because with Steph there's a definite timetable," Kerr told reporters Tuesday night after practice. "It's easy to look and say, 'In a couple weeks, Steph is gonna be ready to play.'

"Klay is a long way from that, so I don't even entertain any thoughts of Klay playing this year."

Yours truly feels the same way.

Klay tore his left ACL on June 13 and underwent surgery July 2.

The Warriors' last game is April 15 -- which is just 10 months removed from when he sustained the injury. Considering the team's current place in the standings, does it make sense to bring him back? We shall see.

It sounds like the final decision could be up to the three-time NBA champion himself.

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“Klay might come back for a few games at the end. He might not,” owner Joe Lacob recently told Mark Medina of USA Today Sports. “That doesn’t matter so much. Maybe we’ll err on the cautious side. Maybe.

"That’s up to him.”

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