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Draymond Green says ‘more guys should be like’ Jordan Bell

Jordan Bell

Jordan Bell’s road to the NBA has been a rollercoaster with huge ups like a mythical five-by-five during the Summer League and downs like sitting four consecutive games as the likes of Kevon Looney, David West, and JaVale McGee see divided minutes on the floor.

In near poetic justice, Bell got the nod for his first NBA start against the team that sold him for $3.5 million during the NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls.

A 6-foot-9 athletic forward with a high ceiling, Bell did the talking with his play, stuffing the stat sheet with seven points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals, and six blocks through a 26-minute outing in a near 50-point destruction of the Bulls.

But perhaps it was his “money” celebration that caught the eyes of those familiar with his story. The Oregon product rubbed his thumbs with his fingers, symbolic of the money the Warriors had spent to acquire his services during draft night.

The rookie forward also brought up how “cash considerations” was panning out for Chicago after his team torched the Bulls 143-94 on Friday night. His mentor, Draymond Green, had no issue with his gestures or comments after the outing.

“I think his play was great, he made a lot of good defensive plays and made some plays on offense as well,” said Green. “His celebrations were pretty cool, I enjoyed it.”

“It was good for him, it was good for us to get him that experience.”

Asked if he caught a glimpse of Bell’s post-game comments after the rout, Green’s smirk gave it all away.

“It was good,” he said. “More guys should be like that.”

Bell has been an injection of energy in the rotation, and one that coach Steve Kerr will undeniably be forced to unleash as the Warriors gear up for the playoffs later down the road.

While still a work in progress at both ends, his motor and win-first mentality are the two intangibles that resembles his mentor Green the most as did his plus-20 differential during Friday’s win.