Warriors Star Gets Honest About Being Teammates With Draymond Green

This Golden State Warriors player spoke on Draymond Green
Jan 10, 2023; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) stands on the court next to forward Anthony Lamb (40), forward Draymond Green (23) and forward Andrew Wiggins (22) against the Phoenix Suns in the second quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 10, 2023; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) stands on the court next to forward Anthony Lamb (40), forward Draymond Green (23) and forward Andrew Wiggins (22) against the Phoenix Suns in the second quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports / Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has been heavily criticized for his actions the last few seasons, as many feel the four-time champion has significantly impacted the overall decline of his team. Still a very impactful player at this stage of his career, it is undeniable that Green's actions - from punching Jordan Poole to choking Rudy Gobert - have hurt his team.

While all of this is true, some have gone too far when it comes to Green, as the longtime Warriors icon is still a beloved teammate. During a recent interview with Sportsnet, Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins got honest about this.

"Everybody paints him as a villain, but I don't see that," Wiggins said of Green. "There's been some stuff that happened in the game, but I feel like that's just being competitive. It's not like he's like, 'I'm getting mad, I'm gonna hit somebody.' It's just competitive. We're men. You get competitive, stuff happens. Draymond, he's a great leader, great teammate, great friend."

What is important to note, is that all of this can be true at the same time. Has Green hurt the Warriors with his actions the last few years? Absolutely. Is he still a beloved teammate, friend, and leader within the Warriors organization? Also yes. The latter is what Wiggins spoke on in his latest interview, and something that can get lost in the national media discourse.

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Joey Linn

JOEY LINN

Title: Credentialed writer covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated's FanNation Email: joeylinn52@gmail.com Education: Communication Studies degree from Biola University Location: Los Angeles, California Expertise: NBA analysis and reporting Experience: Joey Linn is a credentialed writer covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated's FanNation. Covering the LA Clippers independently in 2018, then for Fansided and 213Hoops from 2019-2021, Joey joined Sports Illustrated's FanNation to cover the Clippers after the 2020-21 season. Graduating from Biola University in 2022 with a Communication Studies degree, Joey served as Biola's play-by-play announcer for their basketball, baseball, softball, and soccer teams during his time in school. Joey's work on Biola's broadcasts, combined with his excellence in the classroom, earned him the Outstanding Communication Studies Student of the year award in 2022. Joey covers the NBA full-time across multiple platforms, primarily serving as a credentialed Clippers beat writer.