Draymond Green looks good in his championship aura. The former second-round pick out of Michigan State is a clear first-rounder in hindsight. He was a huge contributor during Golden State’s run to the championship — and the Warriors appreciate Green’s work: Green signed a five-year, $65 million deal in the off-season. But despite the money and success, Green retains that second-round chip on his giant shoulders. He’s not satisfied.
Green said over the summer that some people are throwing shade at the Warriors title, that there’s “some disrespect going on.” Green means assertions by various hoops watchers that a healthy Cavaliers team would have beaten the Warriors in the Finals. Well, guess what? People get hurt — and the Golden State Warriors are the defending champs. Nothing anybody can do about it. But Green knows it’s the repeat that’s sweet. That’s where he and his teammates are aiming. Green played nearly 37 minutes a game in the playoffs, averaging just under 14 per — both bigger than his regular season numbers. He’s key to the Warriors repeat hopes.