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Draymond has 'long, bright future' in TV, Turner exec says

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When Draymond Green recently shared his views on the treatment of NBA players on the trade block, he caught the attention of a lot of people.

Green’s teammates like Andrew Wiggins and Steph Curry showed support along with coach Steve Kerr and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Andre Drummond, whom Green was defending in his initial comments.

Green’s comments also made an impression on Taylor August, senior vice president of talent relations and special projects for Turner Sports and Bleacher Report. August spoke with The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch about Green’s potential as a TV broadcaster once his playing days are over.

“Draymond has a long, bright future in television,” August told Deitsch. “There’s very few players, especially active players, who are as comfortable as he is giving opinion and not being nervous about the fallout, which people might find shocking. When people talk about him on the air, he’s quick to defend himself or call them out.”

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TNT’s wildly popular “Inside the NBA” show is anchored by host Ernie Johnson and features a colorful cast of commentators in Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith. August said she can see some of Barkley’s unapologetic qualities in Green.

 

“He’s OK with giving criticism and critiques about what he sees about players, teams, coaches, and being comfortable and authentic,” August told Deitcsch. “He really isn’t trying to go after anyone — he’s just speaking his mind about what he sees, and he’s OK with people agreeing with it or not, much in the same way that Charles has always been. 

“He’s just authentic and comfortable in his own skin and really has a great mind in watching the game. We really think he’s got great potential long-term.”

Green has developed a reputation for yelling at his teammates and speaking his mind throughout his career, so this seems like a natural transition should he be interested. Maybe he can even get some tips from Reporter Klay.

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