OAKLAND – Warriors forward Draymond Green had a Los Angeles Clippers player over at his house on the eve of Wednesday’s game between the rival teams.
For Clippers second-round draft pick Branden Dawson, Green offered advice as he always has to his former Michigan State teammate who is welcome any time.
“I had a brother in my house,” said Green, who has long been a thorn in the side to the Clippers. “I don’t care if he plays 40 minutes a game, he’s going to always be welcome at my house regardless of what team he plays for.”
Green was a senior and an All-American when Dawson was a freshman and former McDonald’s All-American finding his way at Michigan State. Now Green has an NBA championship ring while Dawson has been inactive to start the season with the Clippers.
Green doesn’t claim to know what it is to be inactive, but he often speaks to Dawson and has offered words of wisdom.
“I do know how it feels not to play, and you’ve just got to continue to work,” Green said. “One thing I’ve told him was just continue to work in the gym, on game days. Get there early, and get you a workout in. You’re only going to come in and do your 15-minute pregame? Ahhh. That ain’t going to keep your ready for what you need to be ready for when your number’s called. Because one thing about this league, I don’t I’ve ever seen anyone in this league not make it because they never got a chance. Everybody gets a chance. It’s about if you’re ready when that chance comes around.
“So just making sure he stays ready. And be a sponge. On that team, he’s got a lot of vets and a coach (Doc Rivers) who’s been around the ringer. He’s played. He’s been around the league forever. Just be a sponge. Listen to those guys, and do your rookie duties.”