I just attended the Draymond Green Contract Extension Press Conference, which overall was pretty uneventful. The Warriors are doing a basketball camp, so there was a large group of kids off to the side watching and a couple of them got to ask questions (which weren’t bad).
Green said he’d play for free, which led Warriors GM Bob Myers to joke that his contract hadn’t made it to the league office yet. No, he’ll be well compensated for his efforts, which are impressive and helped lead the team to its first championship in 40 years after defeating the Cavaliers in six games in the NBA Finals.
Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving raised eyebrows with a comment he made on Shaquille O’Neal’s podcast this past week.
“I’m more or less the voice of reason,” Irving said. “I’m always going to be a straight shooter with everyone and give them my honest opinion. Obviously we had a great thing in Cleveland, we dealt with everything together. I felt like we would’ve definitely won an NBA championship if we had everyone healthy. But almost doesn’t count. So going in, it’s ultimately up to him and he’s going to make a decision for himself first and his family and then obviously he’ll consider winning a championship with us.”
After the Q&A session with reporters and camp kids, I got to ask Green four questions in a row up on the stage in a more informal setting. I started with by asking him about what Irving said, which led to the kind of playful answer one would expect from Green (who’s just as much of a straight shooter as Irving). Please pardon the ambient noise coming from the campers, who hit the courts immediately after the press conference.
“Larry O’Brien resides in Oakland, California,” said Green.
“If I was six-foot-eleven, I think I’d be like Anthony Davis. But I’m not. And I’m not like Anthony Davis. We all got our ifs in life. If this would’ve happened, I’d be doing this. If that would’ve happened, I’d be doing that. If ‘if’ was a fifth, we’d all be drunk right now.”
On whether he’s surprised that the Cavs (11/4) and Spurs (3/1) are favored over the Warriors (11/2) to win the NBA title (according to Bovada):
“No, I’m not surprised. Everyone continues to count us out. I think the Spurs have done some great things. And with the moves that they’ve made, they should have just as good of a chance as anybody to win a championship.
“Were we the favorites going into last year to win the championship? There you have it”
Goals over the next five years:
“I hate putting a number on things. I just want to be the best player I can possibly be. I have some team goals for sure. I want the team to win championships and win as many as we possibly can. I think when you start putting a number to things, that’s when you start to make a mistake. I just want to win as many championships as we possibly can over these next five years and in years after that,” Green said.”
“I do have one selfish goal. I want to make the Olympic Team next Summer.”
On whether he was able to get in touch with the fan whose flag he … “borrowed” during the victory parade (ridiculous parade video, including the flag hijinks, can be found here):
“One person on Twitter had me pretty convinced that it’s him. So I’m supposed to send him another flag. I’ll do it. I’ll get it to him eventually.”
After signing that five-year, $82 million extension, Green shouldn’t have a problem making good on that promise.