Kerr preaches patience, Draymond Green conditioning ‘going to take some time’
Draymond Green had a rough first outing this week, having missed all of training camp due to COVID-19 protocols. He played just 18 minutes, didn’t score, missed a couple of threes, and was just not himself on either end in 18 minutes.
Draymond was hard on himself, but coach Steve Kerr preached patience. Via Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area:
Kerr was more forgiving of Green, as reported by Nick Friedell at ESPN:
Golden State needs peak Green, and fast.
The 2-3 Warriors have not looked strong on either side of the ball to start the season, with a bottom-five offense and defense. Stephen Curry has been good — 26.4 points a game — but he is shooting 32.1% from three so far as defenses can focus on him without fear of other players hurting them (we’re looking at you, Andrew Wiggins). James Wiseman, the No. 2 pick in the draft, shows promise but also looks like a rookie at points trying to keep up with the mental side of the game.
Green can help make this team better, particularly on the defensive end, but it’s going to take a team effort to get the Warriors looking like a playoff team again.