Warriors’ Draymond Green addresses Jordan Poole trade, adding Chris Paul and aiming for six titles: report

Draymond Green believes the Warriors can win two more championships with this current core that now includes Chris Paul

Draymond Green is aiming for more than just a fifth NBA title with the Golden State Warriors.

He has bigger plans for himself, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson.

“I don’t like to necessarily put a number on things,” Green said in a recent ESPN profile. “However, I don’t see why we couldn’t win two more championships.” “I mean, why not?”

Green discussed a variety of topics while at Michigan State, where he played for legendary coach Tom Izzo for four years.

Golden State made two major moves this offseason: re-signing Green to a four-year, $100 million contract and trading Jordan Poole for longtime Warriors foe Chris Paul.

Green admitted that his hatred of Paul was an 11 on a scale of 1-10, which Green views as a sign of respect, and that he needed time to warm up to the deal. But what about now?

“I look at this as one of the most important years of my career,” Green said. “… It’s not to redeem Draymond in any way. My hope is that we can assist Chris Paul in winning his first championship.”

Green stated that he has spoken with Paul and has been very complimentary of his performance.

Green described Paul as “a guy who’s at the center of everything.” “What the other team is running at the center of their defense, talking on both ends of the floor, working the referees, working our coach, working players in the middle of every tussle.” Battling. Elbowing. Nasty.

“… Of course you’ll despise him [as an opponent].” And if you don’t, guess what happens? You’re going to lose to him. We’ve also seen a number of guys lose to him.”

Many logistical issues remain to be resolved, including who will start, how rotations will work, and who will be the primary ballhandler and distributor.

However, as Warriors rookies Brandin Podziemski and Trayce Jackson-Davis recently told this news organization, the Warriors have already begun that process in person.

“We’ve kind of gotten over that hump now, but then there’ll be another hump of actually playing together that’ll take some getting used to,” Green said. “But I’m looking forward to it.” We’ve come together as a team, kicked it together, and the vibe is fantastic. And I’m a basketball student, and Chris Paul is a master, and I’m looking forward to learning from him.”

Green also mentioned his most infamous moment from last season (and arguably his Warriors career), when he punched Poole in the face during training camp. Green admitted he wasn’t sure if he’d return to the Warriors and if he’d “have the opportunity to redeem myself” with them.

“It makes no difference what happened. It doesn’t change the fact that I was to blame. “But I’m a human being, and human beings make mistakes,” Green explained. “How do you stand when things go wrong, when things aren’t on your side?” When everyone is against you, when the world is saying, ‘Oh man, now all of a sudden you’re not worth the money you make,’ Or, four championships later, ‘You’re the cancer and you’re the problem.'”

Green credited Izzo with getting him through October, saying his former coach kept in “constant dialogue” with him.

By the offseason, it was clear that Green, along with Curry and Thompson, was still a key component of the Warriors’ core. Green believes team chemistry will be crucial for the team this season, with a stronger veteran presence and fewer young players than in previous seasons.

“We have to bring this group back together as one,” Green stated. “… You couldn’t bring down our team. You can break one or two guys, but you can’t break this team. And it was because of this that we were unbeatable.”

Until this past playoff run, the Warriors were unbeatable, especially in the Western Conference. However, Green clearly sees his loss to the Lakers in the West semifinals as a one-time occurrence that will not be repeated.

“[The Lakers have] done it once, and that’s great,” Green said. “Now someone has to do it over and over again.” And I don’t think that will happen.”

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