Draymond Green has nothing positive to say about the Golden State Warriors’ preseason run. The reigning NBA Champions are on a 1-2 record losing to both the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trailblazers. The Warriors managed to eked-out an opening win 95- 87 against the Toronto Raptors last Oct. 6, 2015.
Green, as mentioned by Bleacher Report, laments as what he perceives as the Warriors playing like the shell of its former self.
“We’ve had three games, and I don’t think neither one of them has been us. You saw two minutes of us. You saw three minutes of us. But you ain’t see that eight-minute stretch of us, and that’s what pisses me off,” Green said.
The 6’9 forward, who signed a five-year $82 million contract to stay with the Warriors, expressed his concern.
Despite the fact the preseason records don’t carry over when the regular season begins, Green’s apprehension with a team that has suddenly lost its enthusiasm and optimism does not add well in boosting up their confidence level.
“I think the frustration is stemming from we know what it takes. And regardless yeah it’s preseason or whatever, you know what it takes,” Green added.
The former Michigan State standout’s current annoyance with his team’s shabby performance can also be attributed to the loads of flak the Warriors had been receiving ever since they took home the Larry O’ Brien trophy.
In a report from Yahoo Sports, almost everybody has taken a potshot at the reigning NBA champions. From Houston Rockets guard Ty Lawson blaming MVP Stephen Curry of coasting on defense during the finals, Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers declaring that the Warriors were lucky that “they avoided the Clippers and the Spurs”, and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving who was sidelined for the remaining of the Warriors-Cavs mentioning that the “Cavs would have won had they been healthy”.
All the same, Green had a breakout performance last season and he capped it off with a triple-double in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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