The Golden State Warriors held their annual media day this past Monday. As expected, Draymond Green had very strong opinions in his first media availability of the season. Here are a few of his more notable quotes.
On gearing up for the season after an eventful summer
I take the good with the bad. Move on. You learn from things that happened, whether they are good or bad, and move ahead. I think I definitely have grown up a lot coming into this season. The obvious is I need to work on my game and try to better the things I want to get better at. But overall I come into the season as a better man. I think that’s more important than anything.
On numerous roster changes
It will definitely be different. Obviously adding KD and a lot of guys. This team, with the exception of five or six guys, looks completely different than it has the last two years. I think if you are not getting better, you are getting worse. I’m not so sure how good we would have been coming into this season with the same exact teams because eventually stuff starts gets to get old. It starts to get boring. I’m looking forward to the challenge of growing with the guys that are new here and continuing to grow with the guys that are still here.
On the aggressive pursuit of Kevin Durant
Like I said before, if you are not getting better, you are getting worse. Our team did some great things and possibly could have done more. When you add a player like that to the mix of something that was already pretty good, I think it’s going to make us better. I say that knowing that everything isn’t going to be great from day one. I don’t expect it to be great and I’d be very shocked if it was. But at the same time that’s why you have a regular season. That’s why you have a preseason to work on those things to continue to get better and gear up for the playoffs. I’m looking forward to that.
On Colin Kaepernick and national anthem protests
I respect Colin for that because he took a stand that he knew would probably create some controversy and he didn’t care. I respect that because sometimes controversy is needed in order to get a point across and I think he’s gotten his point across. But my question is what’s next with people taking action. Now that the conversation has started, he’s done a great job. Everybody wants to criticize him kneeling down or say he’s disrespecting the flag or disrespecting the military. It’s not disrespect. He’s trying to show people that something needs to be done. And of course if you turn on TV, everything people want to talk about is Colin Kaepernick kneeling down and disrespecting America. No he’s not. But nobody wants to face or talk about the real problem. So we’re going to talk about what he’s doing and try to sweep what he’s really talking about under the rug. I think it’s pretty ridiculous, to be quite frank.
On if Warriors/Cavaliers has turned into a full-blown rivalry
When you’re talking about a six-game series that we won and a seven-game series that they won, eventually it starts to become a rivalry. The most important thing that makes a rivalry is you have to have talent. Both teams have a lot of talent. Some talent that’s a little older. Some talent that’s a little younger. Some talent that’s right in their prime. That’s the true making of a rivalry. Obviously you have to win. Both sides got to win. Both sides have won. So I think it’s something that’s definitely growing. But it’s also one of those things that if you don’t get to the Finals, you can’t have that rivalry anyway. We have a lot of work to do in order to get back to that point.
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