During Green’s first season with the Cavaliers and his second season with the Spurs, he didn’t get much playing time at all. It looked like he was on track to fade into NBA obscurity. So how was he so prepared to rise to the occasion this season?
“I don’t think that anything has changed. It’s just been about finding my niche in whatever system I’m in. Over the summer when I was working out, I was working on things that the Spurs needed from me like corner threes and defense, which is just, you know, a desire to want to play. Defensively, I just try to be active and know the principles of the system here and the principles they live by; so if you know those then you can’t go wrong. Offensively I’ve just been trying to be a more consistent three-point shooter, especially from the corner. This being my first year playing, and with so many back-to-back-to-backs, of course you’re not going to have a great shooting night or have your legs every night, but when I got the opportunity, I kind of lucked out and was lucky enough to make some shots, hustle, play defense, and do some of the little things. So, my game hasn’t changed much it’s just, I guess, my attitude and my ability to adjust to the system better than before.”
He then went on to talk about the tough players in the Western Conference that he’s not too eager to see in the playoffs, namely Kevin Durant of the Thunder and Kevin Martin of the Rockets.
"Of course Oklahoma City, they’re the top team in the West, and then you have Miami in the East. (Note: Green and the Spurs knocked off the Thunder last Friday, fueled by Green’s 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting.) There’s a couple guys on that team who are very hard to guard. Obviously Kevin Durant is very hard to guard, Westbrook and Harden, all three of them on the floor at the same time, it’s not easy. Of course Houston give us a run for our money every time we play them – Kevin Martin, they’re very tough. And then of course Miami with the Big Three – when you have a bunch of guys who can play on the floor, with mismatches, they’re tough to guard all at once, so I think those are the teams that nobody looks forward to play. But those are the big games that everyone loves to play as well."
He mentioned how the Spurs are very professional around the trade deadline, not talking about where anyone might end up. He also had some good things to say about his Alma Mater,
All in all it was a pretty solid interview, definitely worth reading.
For some reason about 10-12 games when Manu went down and Green was playing well I said it was a fluke and that he was playing this well for a contract but I was wrong watching him before some the Okc games and the game of Okc and how he hit shots, stole the ball to ice the game I am very much believing in DG, just think with Sjax, Kawhi, and Green defense and if they are all out the at once along with TP and Duncan they could shut down or rather limit the amount of points harden, Durant, and westbrook. So keep me believing DG, your a diamond in the rough and the spurs and commitment to playing great are making your shine bright!!!!!!!
@isaacd35 He's hit plenty of layups, but he DOES miss a ton of his teardrops
just watch him closley during a game and you can see that he'll miss maybe 2 or 3 bunnies a game which you and I could probably make, and he does miss tear drops and most of them aren't even close but hey he is still better than dick jefferson!