Draymond Green made his debut as the first current player-broadcaster in NBA history Thursday night following the Warriors’ 124-115 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Earlier in the day, Turner Sports announced an exclusive multiyear agreement with Green to contribute on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” and other platforms like Bleacher Report.
Green reported remotely from the Warriors practice facility but will also drop by the studio this season when the schedule allows.
“I’m still trying to be an All-Star, still trying to win championships,” Green said.
He also gave an update on his calf and back issues that have kept him out since a ceremonial start with Klay Thompson on Jan. 9.
“I’m feeling great,” Green said. “I’ve been getting stronger each day. I actually got on the court today and got some shots up which was great and a step in the right direction. I’m just trying not to do it too fast and want to make sure when I come back that I’m thriving and that I’m playing at an even higher level than I was when I went out. That’s the goal right now. I’m supposed to see the specialist again at the beginning of the week. Looking forward to that and hopefully I can continue to ramp up. But the rehab has been going great. I’m extremely excited about the progress I made.”
The Splash Brothers are excited to see what Green brings to the broadcast side of things.
“He’s fit for that role,” Steph Curry said. “It’s amazing. He’s breaking barriers and trying to be an active player as a broadcaster, I’m sure he’ll find the right balance to it, like he always does, and maintain the priority of playing basketball. But it’s pretty dope he’s finding new ways to express himself.”
Klay Thompson added, “It’s pretty cool. Draymond is a very intellectual person, especially when it comes to basketball. I’ve learned so much from him. My game has been enhanced because of him. He’s playing chess out there when everybody else is playing checkers. I’m very proud of Draymond.”