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Draymond Green shares thoughts on Warriors’ championship run, favorite Klay Thompson memory & more

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The former NBA Defensive Player of the Year joined Bleacher Report for an AMA and touched on several different subjects.

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Draymond Green rebounded from a disappointing 2019-20 season to show he can still play at a high level. The 31-year-old averaged 7.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and a career-high 8.9 assists, tied for third-most in the NBA.

Green is undoubtedly one of the leaders of the Golden State Warriors. He has been one of the game’s best defensive players for nearly a decade and plays with an intensity that is often unmatched.

The Dubs faced an uphill battle during the 2020-21 campaign once work broke that Klay Thompson suffered a season-ending Achilles injury last November. With Green and Stephen Curry leading the way, the Warriors came up just short in their pursuit of a playoff position, losing both of their play-in games.

General manager Bob Myers has a big offseason ahead of him as he tries to get Golden State back into title contention. Green said that he would be speaking with Myers often this offseason to give his opinion on which players the Dubs should pursue as they try to reshape the roster.

Green — who has never been short on words — is doing a great job as a guest during the NBA on TNT playoff broadcasts. Green joined Bleacher Report for an Ask Me Anything and touched on several different subjects, including his favorite championship, how far the Warriors go next season with Thompson in the lineup, his favorite Klay moment and more.

@nflmemes Which of the three championship runs was your favorite and why?

There’s nothing better than the first one, but the 2018 championship run, there was something that took place during that run, which was my favorite moment of any run, which was beating the Houston Rockets. They had said this team is built to beat the Golden State Warriors. They were on record saying that all year. Well, they had their chance, up 3-2 and Kevin got hurt, and that was the end of their run. That was my favorite moment of any run. That’s ballsy to go public and say you’re going to beat us and they did it. They said it all year. That was my favorite moment.

@Magisjohnson32 How far do you think you will go next year with a healthy Klay?

I think we’ll win the Finals again next year. Zero doubt.

@LegendBoy The hardest player you have guarded in your NBA career is ___

Kevin Durant. Nobody is impossible to guard, but he is as close to impossible as it gets. And Manu Ginobili. He used to move downhill, but moving sideways. The moment you see him moving to the left — eurostep.

@WalkingBuckett The other night you said the nets are coming out of the East. Who comes out of the West?

Who is coming out of the West is coming out of LA. I’ve seen LeBron down 3-2 before and seen him bring his team back to another NBA Finals.

@fitchkarma66 What was your welcome to the NBA moment?

That was ice ages ago. My rookie year, we were playing the Chicago Bulls. My freshman year of college, we played USC with Gibson and DeRozan. I had to guard Taj and I gave him fits. I came into the league my rookie year and thought I would be able to handle him in the pros, and he completely destroyed me. I had to ask for a switch. I was like ‘yo let’s switch, I can’t get a stop’

@just_in_time As such a low pick in the NBA Draft, did you envision having the success you have now?

I always believed that I would have the success, but to say I envisioned it, I didn’t see any path to it happening other than just me being confident in myself. I always believed I could have this type of success, but saw no path to it.

@cougarfan15 What team did you see yourself on as you were entering the NBA?

I’m a very deep thinker. When I was going through pre-draft, I was thinking about where I would go. For some strange reason, in a conversation with myself, I said ‘I know I won’t end up in the state of California.’ Ironically, I got drafted to the Warriors and it was the most mind-boggling thing. I had never left the state of Michigan so I was extremely home-sick going out there. I thought I would go to the Heat or Bulls just because of what I was hearing during the draft process, but I didn’t think I would end up in California.

@crazypig_58 Your favorite Klay moment?

In a hotel in Miami, he ran into a wall and busted his eye open with stitches. He tried to lie to us and get his friend to lie and say he got into a fight at the club. When you’re leaving the club in Miami, you’re not always sober and he tried to tell us he got into a fight.

@killianaintabust Which up-and-coming player reminds you most of yourself?

Juan Toscano-Anderson. Extremely high basketball IQ. He’s a dog, doesn’t back down to anyone.

You can read the remainder of the transcript courtesy of B/R’s Adam Wells.

What do you think Green’s prediction that the Warriors will get back to the finals next season with a healthy Thompson?