Draymond Green returns to Michigan tonight, and he’s contributing to a solid Golden State Warriors team

December 5, 2012 in Professional

By Patrick Hayes

Former Michigan State star Draymond Green cracked Golden State’s rotation as a rookie second round pick a couple weeks ago, and he continues to impress with his contributions. Marcus Thompson II of the San Jose Mercury News wrote about Green’s toughness this week:

“He just comes to play,” Warriors forward Carl Landry said. “He’s a guy that does things that don’t show up in the box score. That’s something every team needs.”

Across the street from the house where he grew up was the Civitan Recreation Center. It was especially alive on Saturdays, when the center held a league for multiple age groups. Green played in the younger group and religiously watched the older guys, including former Warriors guard Jason Richardson (who is the reason Green wears No. 23).

Saginaw’s gang scene was thriving back then, but Civitan was one place the violence would stop. The intense rivalries, however, wouldn’t.

“It didn’t matter if you was from Northside, Southside, Eastside, whatever,” Green said. “It was so tough and competitive. … Going to watch them older guys, they were out there battling. I wanted to get to that position.”

Green and the Warriors are in Auburn Hills to take on the Detroit Pistons at 7:30 p.m. tonight. I participated in a Q and A with Warriors site Golden State of Mind today to discuss Green.

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