Draymond Green says Warriors have ‘a long way to go’ before becoming a good defensive team
The Golden State Warriors find themselves in an unprecedented fall from grace, going from title runner-up to the worst team in the league. At 2-10, the Warriors hold not only the worst record in the NBA, but also the worst defense — far from the top-notch defensive team they had been for the better part of the last five seasons.
Draymond Green, the defense’s Commander-in-Chief, noted this young team is slowly making progress but admits there’s still a long way to go before the Warriors become a feasible, let alone good defensive team.
“We’ve already improved some,” Green said after a 120-94 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area. “But we’ve got a long way to go. A long way to go.”
The Warriors held an early-morning session on Wednesday to work on some defensive drills, something he and the other sidelined veterans are not used to seeing the day of a game.
“It’s crazy,” Green said of the morning session. “It’s interesting. It’s different. But you’ve got to teach. The thing about the NBA is you don’t have a ton of practices. So, you have to kind of teach on the fly. I get it.”
Steve Kerr has had to exercise much more patience than usual, unable to punish players for mistakes based on effort, considering they’ve only had a shortlist of players available to suit up this season.
“We’ve had anywhere from eight to 10 guys available each night,” Kerr said prior to a 120-94 loss to the Lakers at Staples Center. “There are nights where I would love to take someone out based on a mistake they made. But I can’t take them out.
“We don’t have that hammer, as a coaching staff, to be able to reward guys with playing time or penalize them by taking playing time away.”
The Warriors are allowing a whopping 114.6 points per 100 possessions, which ranks dead-last in the NBA. It might take a full season before these young players are up to speed and able to become a feasible defense before they evolve into a better one with their regular cogs back in the fold.