The Golden State Warriors have been without one of their best players for quite a while.
Draymond Green has been suspended twice, with the second suspension being indefinite.
He missed 12 games because of his two flagrant fouls on Jusuf Nurkic, as the league tried to set a precedent after all the controversial situations he had found himself in over the years.
The Warriors went 7-5 in those games, and his absence forced Steve Kerr to make some adjustments.
That’s why, following the Warriors’ win over the Utah Jazz, the former Defensive Player of the Year admitted to thinking his suspension was a blessing in disguise for his team (via Anthony Slater).
“Honestly, being suspended helped. JK left. Bona fide #2 for this team…Our offense isn’t the same as it used to be,” Green said.
Draymond Green asked how the Warriors generated increased depth: “Honestly, being suspended helped. JK left. Bona fide #2 for this team… Our offense is no longer the same as before.
Noted: “Not that I wanted to be suspended or that it was good. pic.twitter.com/iYYRjqh1gV
-Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 13, 2024
Although he claimed he obviously didn’t want to be suspended or thought it was a good thing, it actually helped Jonathan Kuminga come out and become a true No. 2 scoring option for the team. ‘team.
He also thinks other players have stepped up and helped coach Kerr find depth.
The Warriors held on at the trade deadline.
Despite all the rumors about all the big moves they could and should make, they decided to keep this roster together because they still think they can make a run once Chris Paul is back at full strength.
Andrew Wiggins has been slightly better, and even though Klay Thompson hasn’t been very good lately, he said he would be willing to play a lesser role for the good of the team.
The Warriors have a lot of catching up to do in the Western Conference, but they’ve looked better lately, and you can never count on a team like them.
NBA Insider notes major change with Draymond Green
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