Former Warriors GM Myers reveals what he would say to Draymond after suspension originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
Bob Myers is no longer part of the Warriors organization, but rather the former NBA executive and later TV analyst has been keeping up to date with Golden State’s recent woes.
The Warriors are in the midst of a five-game losing streak, with star point guard Steph Curry missing nearly half of them with a knee injury. And in Curry’s absence, Draymond Green was ejected from Tuesday’s game against Golden State and subsequently suspended five games for putting Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert in a headlock during an on-court scuffle.
So what would Myers, former Warriors general manager and president of basketball operations, say to Green? after he was suspended for the fifth time in his career?
“The Draymond stuff is the Draymond stuff,” Myers told The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami on “The TK Show“Podcasts. “If it’s me, I say, ‘Hey, this is it.’ Right? You made your mistake…So now you can’t do any more, and I would assume he would look me in the eye and say, “Yeah, okay.”
“You somehow used up your mulligan early, so now we have to get through the remaining 18 holes. And I think he would agree. He would say, ‘You’re right.’ It’s not good for the team, it’s not good for him. I don’t think he’ll take action against it.”
Green, Warriors guard Klay Thompson and Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels were all ejected from the game for their roles in the dispute, but the NBA only suspended Green for putting Gobert in a headlock.
On Thursday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said to Green:I’ve taken it too far“During Golden State’s matchup with OKC and when he grabbed Gobert by the neck, he crossed the finish line.
Myers told Kawakami that he and Green remain in touch despite his decision to step down from his front office position. He has developed a close relationship with the Warriors veteran over the years and knows he is receptive to any feedback or criticism, even if his track record doesn’t fully reflect it.
“The best thing about Draymond that people might not know is that at least in my relationship with Draymond, he listens. He listens,” Myers said, recalling his previous player-GM conversations with Green. “…I think he listens, but he still makes mistakes.”
The Warriors are certainly hoping Green will use this suspension as a lesson, because with many games left in the 2023-24 NBA season, the team needs its defensive leader on the court.
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