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Warriors' Draymond Green has message for critics who forgot about him

Warriors' Draymond Green has message for critics who forgot about him

Draymond Green has been doubted his entire career, and he continues to hear from the haters.

The last two NBA seasons haven't been the best of Green's career. Since he became a full-time starter in 2014, the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons were statistically his worst.

But after playing in 43 of the Warriors' 65 games this season, and with an extended break due to the coronavirus pandemic and the team not qualifying for the season restart in Orlando, Green is ready to return to his peak performance.

The Warriors posted a video to Instagram on Monday of Green's performance against the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 2, 2016 in which he finished with 29 points, 17 rebounds, 14 assists and four steals.

Green re-posted it with a message for his opponents and doubters.

Green finished this season averaging 8.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 28.4 minutes per game.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr recently addressed the difficult season for Green, but is expecting the three-time NBA All-Star to bounce back.

"I think this year was really frustrating for him offensively," Kerr said Friday on KNBR's "Tolbert, Kreuger and Brooks" Podcast, "and then as a competitor, it was frustrating for him just losing night after night. It's just too difficult in this league to try to win games when you're that shorthanded. I think he dealt with the frustration. He definitely boiled over several times, got kicked out. But, overall, I just thought he handled himself well.

"He made it through, and he is getting a much-needed rest. And I think we're going to see the very best version of Draymond next year, whenever next season starts. I feel really good about where he's going to be mentally and physically."

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With Green rested, and Steph Curry and Klay Thompson fully healed from their respective injuries, the Warriors expect to return to NBA title contention in 2020-21.

If Green returns to his top form, he'll have the last laugh with the haters yet again.

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Mychal Thompson hilariously calls out Bomani Jones for Steph Curry take

Mychal Thompson hilariously calls out Bomani Jones for Steph Curry take

Bomani Jones does not believe Steph Curry is a bonafide superstar.

Mychal Thompson -- Klay Thompson's dad -- offered his thoughts on the matter Tuesday afternoon.

What's an "astromer" you ask? Not important. You get Mychal's point, and we certainly agree with him.

This whole topic started two weeks ago when Jones made a controversial statement on his podcast.

"This is my metric for (NBA) superstar -- do you have a chance to win a championship just because we got you?" he said. "We'll work the rest out, but if the first thing you tell me is that this guy plays for us, then we got a chance to do this ... 

"I feel like even with a healthy Stephen Curry, you gotta put some fairly specific things around him."

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This argument is very flawed, because every single superstar in NBA history has needed a strong supporting cast -- with role players who possess certain skillsets -- to have a "chance" at winning the title.

Steph simply has changed the way we look at potential championship rosters because in 2015 and 2016 he started doing things the league had never seen before.

On Monday afternoon, Jones pivoted to a different narrative to support his rationale for Steph's place in the NBA hierarchy.

"He's in that weird space on superstar. I am notoriously strict on who I call a superstar," Jones said on 95.7 The Game. "This doesn't have anything to do with Steph Curry. I'll name only three or four people in the league at a time as being superstars. I did JJ Redick's podcast and he made the point that if Steph doesn't get locked up by Kevin Love (in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals), am I saying the thing about him and his ability to get his own shot? Maybe.

"The more damning thing that happened in 2016, is the fact that when it was time to win a championship, the (Cleveland Cavaliers) were running ball screen, ball screen, ball screen until they got a 1-on-1 matchup with Steph Curry. And I don't know if there's ever been a player as good as Steph Curry where that would happen.

"And that's something that when we start thinking about who superstars have historically been -- larger players who can do everything, or be incredibly dominant centers ... in the eyes of many, (Steph) has a demerit on defense that is normally disqualifying for being legitimately seen as a great player -- even though he's a better defensive player than people give him credit for being."

[RELATED: Why Kerr shot down Bill Simmons' question about Giannis]

Ultimately, Jones is entitled to his opinion. And it doesn't sound like he is going to change his mind.

We just respectfully disagree.

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Painful for Warriors' Steve Kerr, Draymond Green not being in NBA bubble

Painful for Warriors' Steve Kerr, Draymond Green not being in NBA bubble

When the NBA suspended the season because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Warriors (15-50) boasted the worst record in the league.

For awhile, it seemed like there was a chance they would participate in the restarted season. But in the end, they were one of eight teams not included in the Orlando bubble.

"Obviously we were having a really rough season. It's been a grind this year," Golden State coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday on "The Bill Simmons Podcast." "So when the Orlando thing happened, I don't think a lot of us were that disappointed to not be invited -- especially Steph (Curry), Draymond (Green), Klay (Thompson). The guys needed a rest. They just needed to get away.

"But now that it's going -- I talked to Draymond about it -- Draymond and I kind of both feel the same way, which is we kind of want to be there. We're missing out. These games look fun. The NBA is doing a great job. The games are competitive. The players look great.

"To not be there actually is kind of painful."

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It's not a surprise to hear this because Kerr and Draymond (along with Steph and Klay) are extremely competitive. They miss being involved in games that matter.

Yes, the entire franchise needed a breather after making five straight trips to the NBA Finals. And the 2019-20 season definitely could end up being a blessing in disguise.

But clearly some of the most important members of the organization are recharged, and champing at the bit to get back on the court.

[RELATED: Why Kerr shot down Bill Simmons' question about Giannis]

Don't forget what general manager Bob Myers said back in mid-July.

"I think it'll be hard for our guys to watch this thing go," the two-time NBA Executive of the Year explained. "I think it's easier now because the playoffs haven't started, and the Orlando thing is just still getting off the ground.

"But as competitors -- when you're used to being in the playoffs and you're not part of that party -- you feel that. Our guys will feel that. I think they'll watch some of the playoffs and it will motivate them."

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