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Draymond explains why he doesn't want media in locker rooms

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For beat writers, locker-room access is essential for doing their job to the best of their abilities. 

But Draymond Green would prefer if that access was cut off.

During NBA TV's pregame show before Game 2 of the 2020 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night, the Warriors forward was asked about the chemistry between LeBron James and Anthony Davis and how teams work through internal issues.

"Well, I think there are always things that are going to happen in the locker room that shouldn't get out," Green said. "One thing I've always had a problem with is when media is in the locker room. I feel like the locker room is a sacred place for a team and it's a place only the teammates should be in because that's where you settle your differences, that's where everybody can put everything on the table."

Despite reaching five straight NBA Finals and winning three NBA titles since the 2014-15 season, the Warriors were known to have their issues.

Green and Warriors coach Steve Kerr have butted heads at times, most notably during the Feb. 27, 2016 game in Oklahoma City when the forward was heard yelling at his coach at halftime. Media wasn't in the locker room, but it's an example of what goes on there that players don't want the media to see.

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Back on Nov. 12, 2018, Green and Kevin Durant got into a heated sideline exchange at the end of an overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The two players likely had many conversations behind closed doors in the locker room in order to patch things up.

After the Warriors won the last of their three NBA titles in 2018, David West dropped cryptic comments about how the Warriors dealt with a lot of internal issues. West later revealed that the biggest thing the team had to deal with was a bout of meningitis that went through the locker room.

During a recent episode of NBC Sports Bay Area's "Runnin' Plays" podcast, new Warriors player mentor coach Leandro Barbosa told Kerith Burke and Grant Liffmann that he had issues with Green, but he loves the All-Star forward.

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Luckily for the Warriors, they had savvy veterans on all five of their NBA Finals teams, and Green believes that's vital for any successful team, including the current Lakers.

"It's extremely important in that locker room, everything is tight-knit and it stays in there," Green said. "because throughout the course of an 82-game season and pack on the playoffs, there's always something that's going to happen amongst the team that must stay in there in order for that team to keep it rolling forward."

Green, who is working out in Los Angeles and not with the Warriors in San Francisco, hopes he can help guide the team back to the NBA title contention. For the moment, Green, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are the sage veterans in the locker room, and unless the Warriors add players through free agency or trade, the core three will be counted on to guide a young team through trials and tribulations