SAN FRANCISCO – Drymond Green believes the locker room arrogance has taken the Golden State Warriors back to the NBA Finals.
The 32-year-old forward can still remember the early years of his Warriors career, when teammates were occasionally deployed on the San Francisco subway system to give passengers free game tickets.
On Thursday, the Green Warriors will be a key figure as they host the Boston Celtics at their 1. 1.4 billion chase center home in a game in the NBA Finals.
This will mark Green’s sixth trip to the NBA Finals in the last eight seasons, reflecting the remarkable transition from the Warriors’ punchline to the powerhouse.
Along with Green, Stephen Curry and Clay Thompson, Virtual was always present on a ride that he believed was the result of an equally-killed locker room that “controls the ego.”
“I think it’s a huge part of it, and just understanding the packing order and respecting the packing order. Don’t get caught up in what’s in it for you, “Green said.” What you have in the end is victory, and when you win, everyone wins. Everyone eats, as we say. “
Green has no problem keeping in mind the success of the Warriors as he recalls joining the franchise in 2012.
“We were the last ranked defense in the league. We have won 23 games. We went to the playoffs once, ten or eleven years or so, maybe a little more, “Green said.
“It simply came to our notice then. We just got hungry and wanted to change it, and we did.
“But that wasn’t always the case. I remember walking to downtown Auckland to get tickets for one of our team activations or community things, and some people had to go to BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) to get tickets. I’ll remember that. Not before. ”
Green says two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Curry Warriors does as much to turn the locker room into an ego-free zone.
“When your leader and the face of your franchise are like that, you have no choice but to be like that,” Green said.
“What does your arrogance compare with that? If you have arrogance, why would any of us think, and he doesn’t?
“It certainly sets a tone, not just for the players, but for everyone in the organization and how everyone works. There is an open door policy. That’s the way it is, so no one else has the right to be that way. “
The whole journey
For Curry, who was humiliated for being too small or too little at the beginning of his career before becoming the greatest basketball player of all time, modesty is deeply ingrained.
“I remember where I started and just the whole journey,” Curry said Wednesday.
“You remind yourself every day. The truth is that from high school to your first All-Star game, everything that happens in your life and on the court is right.
“Never allow yourself to be a big head on that front. That’s how I live my life. “
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