New-Look Golden State Warriors Prioritizing Teaching Youth in Camp
Draymond Green was quick to note that the feel around this year’s Golden State Warriors is completely different from year’s past.
“Just the lack of familiarity. You get used to a certain thing for so long, and then it’s not that. The normal reads that you would make, just kind of second nature, you got to make sure they’re there. It’s just a lot more making sure everyone’s on the same page, or getting there. Everybody’s not on the same page, which is to be expected,” said Green.
Fact is, this team is a lot younger than it’s been in a long time with new players with far less experience of playing in big games. Over the offseason, the Warriors lost Kevin Durant in free agency, Shaun Livingston due to retirement, and Andre Iguodala was traded away for salary cap purposes. Furthermore, All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson will miss the majority of the regular season, rehabilitating a knee injury.
In place of the lost veterans, the Warriors brought in an assortment of youth including Willie Cauley-Stein, Glenn Robinson III, Marquise Chriss, Omari Spillman, an assortment of rookies, and of course the 23-year old All-Star D’Angelo Russell.
“A lot more teaching,” Said Draymond on the top priority of training camp. “For us guys who have been here for a while, it’s a little difficult some of these practices … You can teach some things about basketball, but you can’t really teach IQ. You can teach people what to do — however, this seems to be a pretty smart team. There’s not really any idiots. Some teams you’ve got some idiots. It’s not really any idiots [here], so that’s good. Everybody seems to be able to think a little bit, so that’s great.”
Green admits that the new additions all appear to have high basketball IQ and believes the Warriors time at the top has not yet finished.