He was introduced at the Warriors' practice facility with all the fanfare of the neighborhood garbage man. Not to say in his 10 year NBA career Kwame Brown IS garbage, but some would suggest a former No. 1 pick (2001) of the NBA should be a household name for championships or All-Star appearances, not playing on 5 teams in 6 years.However, my impressions of the NBA journeyman is this: Hes the right man for the right job, and for the Warriors at the right price!Browns one-year deal with the Dubs dangles a NBA carrot in front of a guy who is close to 7 feet tall, has not only guarded, but semi-contained the likes of Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum and other guys who are considered the pre-eminent big men in the game.Furthermore, if Kwames size doesnt impress you, how about this: hes 29 years old and has matured into a guy who sees his pro hoops mortality. He knows any day now NBA teams might say enoughs enough. Kwame is ready to fill Mark Jacksons role on the Warriors as the defensive post player theyve lacked and needed to actually call themselves a defensive team.Dont worry about his offense; Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, David Lee and Dorell Wright will handle that, and Kwame can pick up where they leave off. As the saying goes, you cant teach size, and Kwames got plenty of it.So what can Brown do for you? If youre a Warriors fan, he just may prove defense wins games, and make the Warriors more than just a stop over on a West Coast road trip to Los Angeles.
OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.
“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.
“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).
“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”
This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.
As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.
“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”
Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.
A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.
The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.
All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.
Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.
In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.
On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.
Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.
Kevin really put a ring instead of a cherry on top of the cupcake 👏🏽 pic.twitter.com/1GVaFNbQet— Julie Phayer (@juliephayer) June 24, 2017
Peep KD's hat.— NBCS Warriors News (@NBCSWarriors) June 24, 2017
Cupcake with a ring on top. 👀 pic.twitter.com/VmXAhRz8k5
So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.