No longer could Draymond Green intimidate scorers, bark at officials or spark the Warriors’ on-court intensity. So while Green sat in street clothes while nursing soreness in his right shoulder, the Warriors’ forward found one way to channel his frustrations into something positive. He offered help from the sideline. “You don’t want to leave the scene completely,” Green said following Friday’s morning shootaround. “You try to help where you can. You can’t do it physically. But basketball is more mental than physical anyway.” Green can offer much more when the Warriors (25-6) host the Los Angeles Lakers (11-18) on Friday at Oracle Arena. He plans to return after missing five of the past six games because of a sore right shoulder that both exceeded his pain threshold and negatively affected his range of motion. But while he took time to heal his right shoulder and clear his mind from fatigue stemmed from three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals and with the 2016 U.S. men’s Olympic team in Rio, Brazil, Green also still exerted his influence. Green gave feedback to his teammates, particularly rookie forward Jordan Bell, from the sidelines. Green spoke up when the Warriors gathered together at halftime. Green participated in film sessions.
Draymond Green compensated for absence with behind-the-scenes leadership
San Jose Mercury News | Dec 22