As good as Steph Curry is, you can make an argument that Draymond Green is the MVP of this year’s Warriors squad. Green’s impact is felt as a facilitator on offense and the quarterback on defense, and the team is 27-6 when he plays compared to 5-6 when he’s absent.
Golden State will have to make due without their all-important veteran for the next few games, as Green is dealing with a calf injury that’s triggered by a disc in his back. Kerr joined 95.7 The Game’s “Damon & Ratto” Wednesday for his weekly appearance to provide more context on Green’s recovery. You can listen to Kerr’s full interview below:
“I don’t think anybody is anticipating surgery,” Kerr told hosts Damon Bruce and Ray Ratto. “It’s obviously concerning anytime you’re dealing with the back. We’re going to be very cautious, as we’ve been with every injury that we’ve had this year. We’ll let it unfold. We’ve already said that we’ll re-evaluate in a couple of weeks and that’s where we are.”
Green initially tweaked his calf during warmups before Klay Day on Jan. 9 before the Warriors hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers. Though the team was initially optimistic Green would return for Tuesday’s game, he will be out until a re-evaluation toward the end of this lengthy seven-game homestand, which concludes Jan. 29 with a marquee matchup against the Brooklyn Nets.
Green was spotted on the Warriors bench coaching up his teammates in Tuesday’s win over the Detroit Pistons.
“I’ve talked to Draymond several times. He’s in great spirits," Kerr said. "He’s rehabbing every single day, can’t wait to get back out there. We’re really hopeful and confident that long-term he’s going to be fine. You just got to be careful with this stuff.”
In the meantime, Kerr said he plans to keep intriguing rookie Jonathan Kuminga in the starting lineup as a power forward. When Green returns, Kerr said Draymond and Kuminga could line up together in the frontcourt.
Kerr’s comments came a day after Warriors president/general manager Bob Myers also shared some valuable insight into the recovery for Green and second-year center James Wiseman.