Draymond Green hinted on Thursday that he maybe shouldn't have played against the Hawks earlier this week. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Catalyst for last year’s record-breaking run has ‘no interest’ in another 73-win season

OAKLAND — Sitting at 16-2, the Golden State Warriors are once again on pace for a 73-win season. Following the team’s shoot around on Thursday morning, Draymond Green brushed aside talk of the Dubs matching their record-setting run from a season ago.

“Last year, the whole idea of doing it was just like, ‘Wow, man. This would be dope,’” Green said. “This year, I have no interest at all. I have interest in trying to get home court advantage, but not 73 wins.”

With the Warriors currently in the midst of a 12-game winning streak, Green insisted that neither he nor his teammates have any intention of punting the odd game in order to quiet the hype.

“Nobody’s running from the attention because we don’t pay attention to it anyway,” Green said. “The attention’s going to be there regardless. If we lose three in a row, the attention’s going to be there. If we lose a game, the attention’s going to be there. Attention ain’t going away. That’s not really what you run from.”

“So, we’re not going to lose any game on purpose to like hide from attention. Nobody’s doing that. That’s coward-like to me.”

The All-Star forward said his desire to win the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award is not the driving force behind his outstanding start to the season.

“I’m motivated by trying to be an anchor of what I want to be the best defense in the league,” Green said. “I think with the offensive firepower we have, if we can get up there towards the top of the league in defense, I think, personally, that would make us unbeatable.”

— After delivering a pair of game-saving blocks in the final 43 seconds of the Warriors’ Monday night win over the Atlanta Hawks, Green said his left ankle still isn’t back to 100 percent and likely won’t be for a while.

“I can admit this now, I probably shouldn’t have played the other day but I feel amazing today.”Draymond GreenGolden State WarriorsNBA

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

The City is seeking to enhance health care for San Francisco International Airport workers, which include more than 100 who have tested positive for COVID-19. <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>
Airlines, business groups fight new health insurance requirements for SFO workers

Heathy Airport Ordinance would require companies to offer family coverage or increase contributions

The Hall of Justice building at 850 Bryant St. is notorious for sewage leaks and is known to be seismically unsafe. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFPD speeding up Hall of Justice exit after another ‘large leak’

San Francisco police can’t get out of the decrepit Hall of Justice… Continue reading

The main entrance to Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Voting rights of seniors, disabled must be protected

Coronavirus pandemic adds new challenges for accessing the polls

The Telegraph Quartet is pictured during its SF Music Day 2020 recording session at the striking, beautifully lit and almost empty Herbst Theatre. (Courtesy Marcus Phillips)
SF Music Day goes virtual with Herbst broadcast

Performers pre-record sets in empty, iconic theater

Dr. Vincent Matthews, superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, said Tuesday that student would not be back in school before the end of this calendar year. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Superintendent: City schools will not reopen before the end of the year

San Francisco public schools won’t reopen to students for the rest of… Continue reading

Most Read