Draymond Green is happy. The Warriors are currently the best team in the NBA at 15-2 and the smile has returned to a team that, after two years of suffering, seems to be on the right track to fight again to be champion. Yes, it is obvious that such a claim depends largely on how Klay Thompson returns, but such a moment is expected no longer as a necessity, but as one more impulse for an ensemble in which everything is working; so much so that this past morning they have won with only 12 points from Stephen Curry, and 65 between Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole …
One of the players who is always a thermometer of how things are for San Francisco is Draymond Green. Being one of the veterans and fundamental player in the three rings achieved in the years 2015, 2017 and 2018, the power forward cannot hide his satisfaction with what they are achieving.
I just found that love for the game again. It was like going through a lot of shit and watching love fade a little. But I just found that love and joy for the game. I am enjoying playing basketball and controlling what I can control. One point that I have emphasized this year has been simply controlling what I could control. That is transferred to the court, to the referees, to what happens off the court … It is another step in my life and I think it shows playing basketball, “he tells the media.
Regarding his current motivation, Green points out that the fact that his children have grown up encourages him to show how good he can be, something that combines the fact that he has made it his goal to once again have individual recognition in the awards that the NBA distributes .
«My son is growing up and my oldest daughter is 7 years old; they point me out if we lose. So that’s motivation for me. I’ve been shit for the last two years, so my kids don’t really understand how good I am. I want them to see how good I am and understand it. At my best they were very small. And the most important thing is that I want to win, I want to be Defensive Player of the Year again and to be an All-Star again. And that motivates me because many people had discarded me. It is the same mistake that some people had when I came to the league, many doubted me and now they do it again. That is fuel for my fire », sentence.
Green is eager, but at the moment it is difficult to point out that he is having a direct reflection in his statistics. This season he is averaging 8.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.6 assists, numbers that are not too far from those marked in previous seasons. In the aspect that has taken a step forward, it is in the success in the shot, since it is 56.3% in field shots (best of his career) and 37.5% in triples (best since the course 2015-16); the mole comes from the personal with 53.1% (worst in his career). That he is enjoying more is obvious, but that he recovers figures from five years ago is another story.
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