Warriors' Green gets in shape for 2nd season

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:51 am
http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-Green-gets-in-shape-for-2nd-season-4823387.php

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Warriors' Green gets in shape for 2nd season
Rusty Simmons
Updated 9:52 am, Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Draymond Green was supposed to gab with a gaggle of reporters at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, so the Warriors' media relations team started looking for him in all of the predictable places at about 12:30 p.m.

They looked on the court and in the weight room. Green was in neither place.

They peeked in the locker room and in the players' lounge, but they couldn't find the soon-to-be second-year forward in either spot.

A member of the team's media relations staff was about to tell reporters that the interview wasn't going to happen when Green emerged from the team's sauna at 12:44 p.m. He was dripping with sweat and wheeling out a stationary bike - the aftermath of a 20-minute regimen he's covertly completed twice a week since returning to the Bay Area after Labor Day.

Green was by many accounts the steal of the 2012 draft - a guy who grew into an important role while playing in 79 regular-season games and improved his play in the postseason, when most rookies were watching on TV. But he wants more out of the playoffs for himself (5.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per postseason game) and the team (a second-round exit), so he dropped almost 20 pounds this offseason.

"What success?" Green asked. "We've got bigger dreams and goals than just getting to the second round of the playoffs."

The 35th pick last season, Green bulked up to about 245 pounds in preparation for his first pro season. But he developed knee tendinitis, which curtailed his workouts and allowed his weight to increase. In May, he hit 250.

By the time Green arrived for the Warriors' Las Vegas Summer League in July, however, he had made a major body transition. He didn't crash diet, opting instead to eat right and go to the gym. He has toned, not lost, his muscle and has kept the weight off.

"Nobody is just going to bully me," he said.

Green said his conditioning is better, he's moving quicker, is getting off the floor better and his knees are fine. All of that should add to the Warriors' versatility and depth.

"If you want to go with an all-defensive, shutdown team, you can do that," Green recalled telling owner Joe Lacob recently. "If you want to go with a super athletic team, you can do that. If you want to go with a big team, you can do that. If you want to go with a crazy-shooting team, you can do that.

"We have so much firepower that we have so many things that can be done. Against certain teams, we have certain lineups we can put in and just annihilate teams."

Rusty Simmons is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: rsimmons@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @Rusty_SFChron
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:50 pm
This is definitely exciting news.

Hopefully, Green learns to stick that front-and-center three-pointer rolling off a pick, because both Denver AND San Antonio gave him nothing but room to launch. Defensively and on the glass, Green's been a tremendous asset. Now, we just have to hope that Jackson finds a way to hide him on offense... assuming he doesn't magically transform into a jump-shooter.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:26 am
32 wrote:This is definitely exciting news.

Hopefully, Green learns to stick that front-and-center three-pointer rolling off a pick, because both Denver AND San Antonio gave him nothing but room to launch. Defensively and on the glass, Green's been a tremendous asset. Now, we just have to hope that Jackson finds a way to hide him on offense... assuming he doesn't magically transform into a jump-shooter.


Good analysis.

I did like how Green had stepped up his game during the playoffs and looked quite comfortable shooting the 3-point shot.

What I really like about this Warrior team is how complimentary the players are and how they can play a slow-down game as well as a transition-game.

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