October 8, 2012 in Professional
I already linked to Rusty Simmons’ great feature on Draymond Green adjusting to life in the Bay Area over the weekend. Simmons, however, also published some ‘out-takes’ from the article — quotes that Green gave that didn’t make it into the final version. Here were a couple of my favorites:
“When someone compliments you, it’s something that you have to uphold,” Green said. “You’re either getting better or getting worse. Jerry West is either going to quit liking me or he’s going to like me even more.
“My college scrapbook doesn’t matter anymore. No analysis that called me the steal of the draft matters anymore. If I don’t prove anything in the NBA then I look like a fool.”
“Small forward is not my natural position, but I know I can play it at the NBA level. In college, that would have meant chasing around 6-foot-2 or 6-3 guys off of screens. In the NBA, you’re going to be playing guys who are 6-7 to 6-9. I can make the right plays on offense. I’m not going to try and do too much. On defense, I’m going to be gritty and be all over the floor. It’s natural for me to be tough and to get rebounds. That comes with my game. I think we need all of those things.”
Green always has and always will be a go-to player for fantastic quotes.