Warriors' Draymond Green supports California bill to pay NCAA athletes


Warriors' Draymond Green supports California bill to pay NCAA athletes

Draymond Green wants to pay the players. 

The Warriors forward tweeted his support of the California State Assembly passing the Fair Pay to Play Act on Monday night. The bill, if it becomes law, would bar universities and colleges from taking away an athlete's scholarship or eligibility in order to punish them for profiting off of their name, image or likeness. 

The State Assembly voted 72-0 in favor of the bill Monday night, and it will go back to the State Senate before reaching Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk for signature. California's legislative session ends Friday, and Sen. Nancy Skinner -- the bill's sponsor -- told USA Today on Monday that the Senate could vote on the bill as soon as Tuesday. Newsom would have 30 days to sign or veto the bill, and it will become law if he does neither. 

As things currently stand, college athletes must sign away their name, image and likeness rights to their schools when they play. The NCAA pulled in over $1 billion in revenue for the first time in 2017, while 69 Division I men's basketball coaches and 82 Division I football coaches are paid six-figure salaries, according to USA Today's databases. 

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If the bill becomes law, it will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2023. In the meantime, it is expected to face heavy opposition from the NCAA and its California schools.

In a letter to California lawmakers earlier this year, NCAA president Mark Emmert threatened to bar California schools from competing in NCAA championships if the law passes, as Emmert claimed it would be in violation of their amateurism rules. The NCAA currently is appealing U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken's March ruling that the organization violated antitrust laws and that Division I football, men's basketball and women's basketball players can receive compensation from schools outside of athletic scholarships, provided the benefits are tied to education. 

Draymond Green pokes fun at D'Angelo Russell's defense, offers insight

Draymond Green pokes fun at D'Angelo Russell's defense, offers insight

Warriors forward Draymond Green is one of the best quotes in the NBA. He speaks his mind and tells you like it is.

So when he was asked about D'Angelo Russell's defense after practice Wednesday, Green didn't exactly sugarcoat things.

"Watching him in practice yesterday, I told him, 'Oh you showed me you can defend. I didn't know you could. So that's the expectation now,'" the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year told reporters. "It's interesting because you just never know what's been asked of someone.

"You can easily judge a situation and say, 'Oh man, he hasn't really defended much,' or, 'He's not that good on the defensive end.' But if he's never been asked to defend, it's kind of hard to make that judgment. 

"Obviously, we're going to ask him to defend. Yesterday, he was asked to defend and he showed that he can. I told him that'll be the expectation moving forward.

"Sorry, buddy, you showed it."

Russell had a career year in Brooklyn last season, averaging 21.1 points and 7.0 assists per game.

He did register 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per contest, but he's pretty much universally regarded as a below average defender.

The 23-year-old will be under the microscope this season, but Draymond made sure to keep things in perspective.

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"We don't expect him to go out there and be Patrick Beverley or Kawhi Leonard," the three-time NBA champion added. "That's just not who you are (laughing).

"Just go out and be competitive on that side of the ball."

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Steve Kerr explains why Warriors rookie Eric Paschall will play a lot

Steve Kerr explains why Warriors rookie Eric Paschall will play a lot

Warriors fans should expect to see a lot of Eric Paschall this season.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr was a guest on KNBR 680 on Tuesday afternoon, and was asked if the soon-to-be 23-year-old is one of the rare rookies that he can trust.

"One hundred percent, you're right on it," Kerr said. "He's a mature rookie. He's got an NBA body. He's physically capable of standing up to anybody in the league. One of the problems for most rookies -- and you'll see it a little bit with Jordan Poole this year -- you just have to mature and get bigger and stronger.

"Most guys when they come in, they're just not ready for this level of strength and force that exists in the game. Eric's ready for all that.

"He's gonna play a lot this year. We're really excited about him."

Glenn Robinson III will be the Dubs' starting small forward in the season opener Thursday night against the Clippers, and could start the majority of games this season.

But don't be surprised if Paschall -- who played primarily power forward or center during the preseason -- ends up starting some games at the three.

Over five preseason games, the Villanova product averaged 9.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 23.1 minutes per contest.

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Defensively, he consistently is where he needs to be.

"Great kid, great work ethic and just a guy who I think will be able to guard multiple positions," Kerr added. "And is definitely not afraid of the moment, so really excited about Eric."

You should be, too.

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