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I think Green’s more of a leader than you’re giving him credit for. He’s not going to back down from anyone, and his teammates fall in line behind him. When he’s not there, they’re lost.
I couldn’t disagree more. Green should act like Green, not pretend to be like Klay. Thompson is a fine player and gives us a lot, but Green is completely unique to this team. He gives us the edge that inspires his teammates, irritates opponents, and raises the overall level of his team. The Warriors, for years, were a pleasant little team who had very little of this edge, and we repeatedly sent away after the regular season. Talent was the main culprit, but having someone to do the dirty work, to get in opponents face, to stand up to the elite of the league, is a huge component. He is Mr. Intangible on this team as he does so much more than just pile up stats….deflected passes, pushing opponents off the block, communicating and keeping teammate defenders in proper position. You have to have a guy like this to win a title. Not sure how LC could miss these things but he clearly has. And it’s always a mistake to attempt to act like someone else. Be Green Draymond.
You missed this one by a wide margin. You can only have Thompson’s demeanor if you have Thompson’s shooting abilities, otherwise you would be Harrison Barns. Harrison is a great defender, shoots like Green and has Thompson’s demeanor. No one confuses Harrison for being the 2nd or 3rd best player on the team.
Green, love and/or respect him or not, he keeps everyone honest in terms of their effort. He is an extremely important part of this team in ways that neither Klay or Harrison could ever be and I say that with all do respect and admiration for all of them.
Yes Draymond takes it to far sometimes, but that is a small price to pay for what he brings to the team. Let’s hope Draymond doesn’t take you advice.
Lowell, I’m very surprised by this. If this had been written by a national writer who doesn’t watch the team play as often I would get it. The last two years in the playoffs it’s been proven that however you want to rank the players abilities, the Warriors can win without Curry or Thompson playing well or playing at all. They can’t win if Draymond doesn’t play well and as we saw this past week can’t avoid getting whipped at home without him. Last year’s championship series turned when Draymond got comfortable at the heart of the small “death lineup.”
Thompson has been more consistent in this year’s playoffs, but last year he drifted in and out. And even when focused he doesn’t have the impact Draymond does on the whole lineup. He hit for 37 the other night and what happened?
Curry and Thompson have slept walked through quite a few games. They win more than they lose. Draymond is out once and they get hit handed to them on the home floor.
If Draymond played like that, they’d be home right now. Kerr just said the same thing btw. But what does he know.
Also good points. The other time this season Draymond was out, against Denver? We lost. He really does bring the team together, and his “center field” play (as Steph called it) has immeasurable value. He’s our glue guy. Gotta have one.
Good points, Lowell. It took me a few years to get into Klay. Loved his stroke, obviously, but he used to get into those heat check-y moments and couldn’t stop. He’d drive me nuts. And his demeanor, which I’ve come to respect, was at first perplexing to me. I watched him play a lot while he was a Cougar, and once, after a great play by him, a teammate jumped on his shoulders in celebration and Klay angrily shook him off saying, “Get off me!” That always stayed with me. But as I say, I’ve come to really enjoy his game. He’s the reason–the reason–we’re still in this thing. And I agree: Steph’s our true leader. When he struggles, you can feel the rest of the team starting to fret. To get tight. When he’s hot? The whole team goes bananas. Everything loosens up. Man, I hope he finds his magic again. Regarding Draymond, I think it’s damn near impossible for him to contain himself. That’s just who he is as an athlete. A talker. It gets him fired up. As a player, I’m sort’ve a talker. Not like Green, but I can’t help myself. Sometimes it’s good, I’m super positive and encouraging. When coaches used to preach “talk out there” I took them at their word. But when I get frustrated, I start barking. It can really suck, because afterwards I feel bad. I never want to ruin someone else’s experience on the basketball court with my mouth. But damn, it’s hard to control. And, the guys I always respected the most were the quiet leaders. The dudes I wanted to follow because they were just so damn good.
Lowell Cohn has been covering Bay Area sports for more than 30 years and he’s never run out of things to say.