OAKLAND — Draymond Green isn’t a natural preseason player.
He’s said several times throughout his career that he doesn’t like playing in games with low stakes because he needs the motivation of playing for something.
But he did receive the Defensive Player of the Year trophy by Ben Wallace pregame, making Saturday’s game somewhat special for the do-everything forward.
Green grew up in Saginaw, Mich., as a fan of the Detroit Pistons. He felt fortunate to be in attendance when the team retired Wallace’s number, so to have the 4-time DPOY hand over the trophy was “special.”
All week, public relations guru Raymond Ridder was telling Green he was in for a surprise. So, the moment was genuine when Greens saw who was coming to give him the trophy at midcourt.
“Man, that was dope,” Green said. “… That was a great feeling. That’s a guy I looked up to growing up.”
Green looked to be in good shape and was up to his old tricks: Blocking a Nikola Jokic shot and getting a steal in his first rotation on the floor.
But the play on the court was largely secondary in the first preseason game.
And for whatever reason, the night turned into a celebration of Green.
Fans received his bobblehead and there was a video message during the game including statements from David West, Klay Thompson and Shaun Livingston lauding Green.
But one person didn’t play along: When Green’s bobblehead was being displayed on the jumbotron, rookie Jordan Bell punched the doll.
“I’m pretty pissed off Jordan Bell punched my bobblehead,” Green said. “Might be some popcorn or something in his car in the near future.
“Pretty good bobblehead though. I like it.”
They gained conditioning, no one got hurt, and the Warriors lost 108-102.
Two of those details matter, the other doesn’t.
Hot-take alert: They won’t shoot that poorly very often.
Kevon Looney is moving better than he did at any point last season.
Swaggy P is going to be a delight in meaningful minutes.
Jordan Bell could crack the regular rotation sooner than later.
Andre Iguodala is the first to take over the internet this season, crossing Paul Millsap out of his shoes.
National anthem update
The Warriors travel to China for a week-long trip.
Steve Kerr said his wife bought him all types of products to help combat the jetlag, although it seemed he wasn’t sold on their efficacy.
Green had bigger concerns.
“I heard binge watching causes cancer,” Draymond said. “I hope I don’t get cancer because I’m about to binge.”