SAN FRANCISCO – Jamaican Greene was in a pool in Jamaica on vacation when his phone started ringing. Decided to pick up, why?
On the other end of the call was Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
He told me. [the Warriors] Green said at an introductory news conference Monday.
The call surprised Greene. He was already preparing to join another group. But his conversation with Kerr made him change his mind.
“After I talked to him, I couldn’t say anything,” Green said. “The organization and what they’ve built here, I’d love to be a part of it.”
He then picked up the phone and called Draymond Green, who Jamichael had known since eighth grade in AAU basketball. Draymond has been the sales guy for Golden State, frequently calling prospective players to sell them on joining the team.
His call with JaMichael wasn’t exactly conclusive, but it helped close the deal.
“He was excited. We both know what we bring to the table, and we’ve had a good conversation about everything, and it made it easy for me to come here,” JaMichael Green said.
JaMichael Green looks at how he wants to fit Draymond’s role with the Warriors into the team.
“Just go in and play hard,” he said. “Be a dog. Do the dirty work — help Draymond do the dirty work. Knock down shots and play defense. If you come here and handle your business, I feel like you’ve set yourself up for life.”
On paper, Green would fit in with the Warriors to fill the void left by the departure of Otto Porter Jr. In the year In Green’s first season with the Denver Nuggets in 2020-21, he shot 39.9% from the floor from 3 (he has a career 36.6 3-point shooting percentage), rebounding well and giving them a defender who can guard both the wings and center. .
That’s similar to what both Porter and Nemanja Bjelica provided for the Warriors last season.
But last year, Green’s long-range shooting numbers dropped to 26.6%. “I stopped shooting at the end of the season, period,” he said, citing a wrist injury.
“It’s all about rest and confidence,” Green said. “As long as I get my reps this summer, I’ll be good to go. Last year I was fighting some things… it’s going to pick up.”
In addition to being a floor extension, Green also spends time playing small-ball center for Golden State, which he said is comfortable after sometimes having to play backup center for Nikola Jokic in Denver.
The Nuggets traded Green and a first-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for the draft rights to No. 30 Peyton Watson and a pair of second-round picks. But once the deal was done, the Thunder made it clear they intended to move Green to a better fit.
Although Green initially thought of playing elsewhere, it was in Golden State that he was signed after the buyout.
“You can’t come here, you can’t find peace, contentment or anything,” Green said. “They’re constantly working and improving here. That’s what I need to be. Be with the type of players who have that leadership and win championships. They have it all here. From Andre [Iguodala] So is being a leader. Steph [Curry]Clay [Thompson], Draymond. I’m looking forward to playing with those guys.”