OAKLAND, California – Draymond Green wants to win another Defensive Player of the Year award and acknowledges that it is a big goal for him this season.
“I need it,” said Green Wednesday night after the Golden State Warriors 131-121 victory over New Orleans Pelicans. “I need it badly, really bad, I did the last ministry of defense last year. I’m still pissed over. I’m getting pissed until I’m right, so that’s a serious goal for me this year. “
Green won his first Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016-17. Apart from the pride he takes on winning the prize, another motivation for Green is that if he wins the prize again this season he will be eligible to sign a super-max extension this summer.
As ESPN’s Bobby Marks pointed out recently, “Green would be eligible for a $ 235 million renewal that would start in 2020. Remember that due to Stephen Curry’s contract, the Golden State can sign one single player into a supermax.”
Warrior’s guard Shaun Livingston had a mr on his right foot who came back clearly, but missed his third straight game against the Pelican on Wednesday night.
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Green said he wakes up every morning with the price in his mind.
“Absolutely,” he said. “I’m pissed. Defense Secretary’s second defense, it’s disrespectful.”
After missing a week’s training camp due to a knee injury, Green has found its shape when warriors continue to roll through the league. Green almost hit a triple double, scored 16 points, took 14 rebounds and knocked out eight assistants on Wednesday.
“I thought he was probably the best player on the floor tonight,” Kerr said. “I know that other guys had some big points and all that, but it was not a very clean game for us and when the game turns out to be a bit crazy that seems to be when Draymond is at its best. We needed his grit, his rebounding his defense and he came through in a big way. “
His teammates never doubted that he would get round shape soon this year, even though he missed much of the camp.
“He did not change his name and he is still Draymond Green, No. 23 for Warriors,” said Curry. “You’re never worried about him to find a way to influence the game.” [Whether] He creates or misses a shot, no matter, he always gets time off. He talks, an emotional leader, just as it was with Klay [Thompson] basketball, You’re never worried that Draymond will be implemented in an all-round game to help us win. It’s fun to see him with a little pep in his step, some juice and excitement outside. “He plays well.”