Draymond Green Reveals His Mixed Feelings On the NBA Play-In Tournament

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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The Golden State Warriors are headed to the NBA play-in tournament, where they'll have their work cut out for them as they look to reach the playoffs.

Warriors star Draymond Green weighed in on the play-in tournament, which is only in its fifth edition this season, during the latest episode of his podcast, The Draymond Green Show, and he couldn't hide the fact that he has mixed feelings about the setup.

"I hate the play-in. Just so you all—I absolutely hate it," said Green. "It's the best thing ever created. When you look at the play-in and what it's done for basketball, it's the best thing ever created. I don't know who came up with it, I know [LeBron James] said they need to be fired. If they were fired when [James] said that, they need their job back."

Green credited the installment of the play-in tournament for the added intensity down the stretch of the regular season, saying that while he hates the tournament as a player, he adores it from a fan's perspective.

Golden State will be entering the play-in fray as the No. 10 seed, and they'll need to win two games just to secure the No. 8 seed and set themselves up with a matchup against the No. 1 Oklahoma City Thunder. If they beat the Kings on Tuesday, a matchup against the loser of the game between the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers awaits on Thursday.

Karl Rasmussen


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