Warriors GM Bob Myers Comments on Draymond Green's Personality

Danny WebsterAnalyst IIIFebruary 29, 2016

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Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers has come to the defense of Draymond Green after the All-Star forward went on a tirade at halftime of Saturday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"I don't know that we would be a championship team without him and his firebrand personality," Myers said Monday, per Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area.

ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters reported during the game that a Warriors player went on a profanity-laced tirade in the locker room. Salters later revealed that player was Green, with him saying, "I am not a robot. I know I can play" (via Jason McIntyre of For The Win).  

One of three All-Stars on Golden State's 53-5 team, Green apologized to teammates and coaches on Monday for his outburst, saying he let "emotions get the best of [him]," per Ethan Strauss of ESPN.com:

You know I made a mistake, I admitted my mistakes to my teammates, my coaching staff. I apologize to my teammates, my coaching staff, this organization. That wasn't the right way to handle what needed to be handled.

As a leader of this team, I can't do that because it sets a bad precedent for how everything is ran around here, for how everything should be ran, for how everything has been ran, and how everything will be ran going forward. It won't happen again.

Although Green missed all eight of his shot attempts against the Thunder, he still made an all-around impact in the 121-118 overtime classic at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Green had a double-double of 14 rebounds and 14 assists to go along with six steals and four blocks.

Myers signed Green to a five-year deal in the offseason, and the 25-year-old showed Saturday how intense he can be even around his teammates. It also shows, as ESPN's Rachel Nichols pointed out, how good the Warriors are if they can overcome in-game adversity of that magnitude while trying to chase history made by the Chicago Bulls in their 72-10 season in 1995-96.

 

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