It doesn’t appear that Draymond Green is very self-aware.
On Wednesday night, Green and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Sacramento Kings with a significant win. With 0.2 seconds remaining, Klay Thompson hit the game-winning basket to give the Warriors a dramatic 102-101 victory over their Pacific Division opponents.
After the game, Green discussed the chemistry that Golden State has already established this season, comparing it to what the Dubs had the previous season.
“Last year, we had an awful team as far as chemistry goes,” Green said bluntly, per Danny Emerman of KNBR. “Last year was horse s–t. Hard to come to work. Not fun. This year, you see the joy on guys’ faces when they come in the building … This is a group that likes being together.”
It’s easy to interpret Green’s remarks as a jab at Jordan Poole, his former teammate for the Warriors who was moved to the Washington Wizards in the offseason in exchange for Chris Paul. With the exception of the well-mannered Donte DiVincenzo, Poole is the only important rotation player from Golden State’s roster from the previous season.
Naturally, the reason why things didn’t feel right the first season was probably Green himself. Prior to the start of the season, he famously punched Poole during a practice, and he is said to have rejected pleas from Warriors management to mend fences with Poole.
The good news for Golden State is that the trade that sent Paul for Poole is already yielding some very nice early returns. Although Green came out and blamed others for the toxic environment he seemed to create last season, even though the Warriors are now 4-1 on the year, nobody is truly fooled.