SAN FRANCISCO – JaMychal Green was in a plunge pool in Jamaica on vacation when his phone started ringing. He decided to choose because, why not?
On the other end of the call was Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
“He told me that [the Warriors] interested, that they want me here, want me to be part of the show,” Green said Monday at his introductory press conference.
The call caught Green by surprise. He was about to join another team. But his conversation with Kerr changed his mind.
“After talking to him, I couldn’t tell him no,” Green said. “The organization and what they’ve built here, I want to be a part of it.”
Then he picked up the phone and called Draymond Green, whom JaMychal has known since eighth grade through the AAU basketball league. Draymond has long been a salesman for Golden State, frequently calling on promising players to sell them when he joins the team.
His call with JaMychal wasn’t exactly a throwback, but it helped seal the deal.
“He was just so excited,” JaMychal Green said. “We both know what we bring to the table, and we had a nice chat about everything and he made it easy for me to get here.”
JaMychal Green sees Draymond’s role with the Warriors as somewhat of an outline for how he wants to fit in with the team.
“Just come in and play hard,” he said. “Be a dog. Do the dirty work – help Draymond with the dirty work. Take down and play defense. I feel like if you come here and handle your business, you’re on your own. give yourself a life.”
In theory, Green’s fit with the Warriors fills the void due to Otto Porter Jr. of departure. In 2020-21, Green’s first season with the Denver Nuggets, he experienced a 39.9% 3-point shot rate (36.6 career 3-point rate), rebounded well and provided for them a defender who can defend both flanks and center. .
It is similar to what both Porter and Nemanja Bjelica gave to the Warriors last season.
But last year, Green’s long-distance shooting number dropped to 26.6 percent. He attributed this to a nagging wrist injury and said, “Until the end of the season, I just stop shooting, period.”
“It’s all about rest and confidence,” Green said. “As long as I get my rep this summer, I’m good to go. I was just fighting through some things last year… it’ll wake up.”
In addition to being a floorboarder, Green will likely spend some time playing small center ball for Golden State, something he says he feels comfortable with after needing to play back-up center for Golden State. Nikola Jokic sometimes in Denver.
Nuggets traded Green and first pick to Oklahoma City Thunder for draft rights to pick number 30 Peyton Watson and a second pair of picks. But soon after the deal was made, Thunder made it clear that they intended to move Green to somewhere more suitable.
While Green originally intended to play elsewhere, it turned out to be a good fit for Golden State, where he signed after a permanent purchase.
“Come here, you can’t settle down, be satisfied or anything,” Green said. “You’re constantly working here and getting better and better. That’s what I need to be around. Be with the championship-winning players who have that leadership. They have it all here. From Andre [Iguodala] also a leader. Steph [Curry]Klay [Thompson], Draymond. I look forward to playing with those boys. “