Draymond Green questions how serious Rockets take defense
Despite a key upgrade, adding All-Star point guard Chris Paul into their new-look roster, Draymond Green isn’t convinced general manager Daryl Morey and his Houston Rockets have what it takes to beat his Golden State Warriors.
A frantic Morey noted no team had what it took to stop this Western Conference buzzsaw from making its way to the NBA Finals, so he traded nearly half of his roster for Paul, in hopes to add another playmaker and have the necessary firepower to contend with the reigning champions.
“I guess he took some risks,” Green said about Morey after practice on Monday, according to Mark Medina of the San Jose Mercury News. “He got Chris Paul. He’s a man of his word. He took some risks.”
Those risks yielded a prized return, but Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni told ESPN about the Warriors. “You’re not gonna stop them. It’s just not gonna happen. They’re not gonna stop us, either.”
Having had the recent quote relayed to him, Green wasn’t very impressed.
“I don’t know how serious they take defense with that comment,” Green said, shaking his head. “But they added some good defensive players.”
The Rockets have looked to retool defensively, not only by signing an extraordinary defender in Paul, but by adding the likes of P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute, who should add some perimeter defense.
Green and the Warriors have built their roster full of two-way players, losing no amount of defense with their substitutions or by rotating their sets.
Fans are only a day away from knowing if Morey’s choice to fight fire with fire will indeed play dividends for his team coming into this season.
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