San Francisco – JaMychal Green was in a plunge pool in Jamaica on vacation when his phone started ringing. He decided to pick up because, why not?
On the other end of the call was Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
“He told me that [the Warriors] Green said Monday in his introductory press conference.
The call surprised Green. He was already preparing to join another team. But his conversation with Kerr made him change his mind.
“After I talked to him, I couldn’t say no to him,” Green said. “The organization and what they’ve built here, I’d like to be a part of.”
Then he picked up the phone and called Draymond Green, whom JaMychal had known since eighth grade through AAU basketball. Draymond has long been a somewhat of a salesperson in Golden State, often calling potential players to sell when joining the team.
His call with JaMychal wasn’t just a game, but it helped seal the deal.
“He was just excited,” Jamishal Green said. “We both know what to bring to the table, and we just had a good conversation about everything and it made it easy for me to come here.”
JaMychal Green sees Draymond’s role with the Warriors as somewhat of an outline for how he would like to fit in with the team.
“Just come and play hard,” he said. “Be a dog. Do the dirty work – help Draymond with the dirty work. Drop shots and play defense. I feel like if you come here and do your work, you’re setting yourself up for life.”
On paper, Greene’s match with the Warriors fills in where Otto Porter Jr.’s passing left. In the 2020-21 season, the Green’s first season with the Denver Nuggets, he hit the ground with 39.9% of 3 (he has 36.6 shooting percentages of 3), bounced well and provide them with a defender who can protect both flankers and midfield. .
It’s similar to what Porter and Nemanja Bellica gave the Warriors last season.
But in the past year, Green’s long-distance shot numbers have fallen to 26.6%. He attributed that to a nagging wrist injury, and said, “Towards the end of the season I stopped shooting, period.”
“It’s all about comfort and confidence,” Green said. “As long as I get my reps this summer, I’ll be fine. I was just battling through some things last year… he’ll wake up.”
In addition to being a flooring distributor, Green will likely spend time playing the junior ball center for Golden State, something he says he’s comfortable with having needed to play the occasional backup center for Nikola Jokic in Denver.
The Nuggets traded Green and a first-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for enlistment rights at #30 with a Peyton Watson pick and a pair of second-round picks. But once the deal was completed, Thunder made it clear that they intended to move Green to a place that would be a better fit.
Although Green initially intended to play elsewhere, it turned out to be a good fit at Golden State, where he signed up after the acquisition.
“Coming here, you can’t be satisfied or satisfied or anything else,” said Greene. “You’re constantly working here and getting better. It’s something I need to be around. Be around the kinds of players who have won trophies with that leadership. They have it all here. From Andre [Iguodala] As a leader as well. Steve [Curry]Clay [Thompson], Draymond. I look forward to playing with these guys.”