New Warriors forward JaMychal Green said during his introductory press conference on Monday that he had been preparing to join another NBA team before he received a call from Golden State head coach Steve Kerr that made him change his mind, as Kendra Andrews of ESPN details.
“He told me that (the Warriors) were interested, that they wanted me here, wanted me to be a part of the program,” Green said. “After talking to him, I couldn’t tell him no. The organization and what they built over here, I’d love to be a part of it.”
Following his conversation with Kerr, Green placed a call to Draymond Green, whom he has known since the eighth grade through AAU basketball. As Andrews writes, that phone call helped solidify JaMychal’s decision.
“He was just excited,” JaMychal said. “We both know what we bring to the table, and we just had a good conversation about everything and he made it easy for me to come here.”
JaMychal Green, who spent last season in Denver, was traded to Oklahoma City in June and was subsequently bought out of his expiring contract by the Thunder. He’s joining a Warriors team that lost a pair of key reserve forwards – Otto Porter and Nemanja Bjelica – in free agency, and sees himself as someone who can help fill the hole those departures created, as a complementary piece to the team’s stars.
“Just come in and play hard,” Green said of the role he expects to play for his new team. “Be a dog. Do the dirty work — help Draymond out with the dirty work. Knock down shots and play defense. I feel like if you come here and handle your business, you set yourself up for life.”
Porter and Bjelica were two of the Warriors’ most reliable three-point shooters last season, making 37.0% and 36.2% of their three-point attempts, respectively. Green converted just 26.6% of his shots from beyond the arc last season for the Nuggets after entering the year with a 38.0% career rate — he said on Monday that he’s confident in his ability to bounce back, noting that a nagging wrist injury affected his effectiveness in ’21/22.
“Toward the end of the season I just stopped shooting, period,” Green said, according to Andrews. “It’s all about rest and confidence. As long as I get my reps in this summer, I’ll be good to go. I was just fighting through some things last year… it’s going to get up.”
16 thoughts on “Kerr, Draymond Convinced JaMychal Green To Join Warriors”
Dray – “Hey, you wanna win?”
JaMychal – “Yeah.”
Dray – “Well join us then..”
JaMychal – “WOW good point!”
Tough convincing went on there, no doubt.
The Otto Porter of this season, GSW might break its own wins record this year and go 16-0 in playoffs!
Drinking early today?
He is living in the UK.
This isn’t postworthy
You read it.
Being postworthy and whether I read it aren’t mutually exclusive.
I’ll bite. Why is it not post worthy? This site is all about NBA transactions, despite some people’s comments. This post is about how a transaction took place.
Then how come they aren’t posting for every team and player, who ended up convincing the player to join the team? They are singling this out as if it’s some big deal that Kerr and green convinced him. There aren’t dozens of transactions where that’s similarly true and that it’s not being reported on because it’s wholly irrelevant that the head coach and a player on the team helped convince a player to sign with a team in free agency.
Shoukd say that I’m sure there *are dozens of transactions.
There haven’t been dozens of players who said they were about to sign with another team before being persuaded to change their minds after being cold-called by another head coach.
But you’re right that this probably wouldn’t have been a full story for us a few weeks ago — there’s just not that much news out there these days!
After seeing players who go to GSW and a year later signing much better contracts its a no brainer to sign with GSW.
You should clarify which Green it is wherever it says “Green said” or “referenced Green”, etc. I mean I understand who’s supposed to be saying what but they are both named Green, ya know, lol.
Slimmy, it was contextually written correctly. First names were used when absolutely necessary. The proof is while I read I never needed to reread/backtrack to clear up who was who. And neither did you. Lol.
Hot take he is more helpful than OTTO was for this build
As he can rim protect and rebound far better