Draymond Green got a much-needed mental and physical break



Yes, Draymond Green unabashedly called being sidelined for four straight games “boring.”

But he also said it may have helped him.

Green, who will play against the Lakers on Friday after missing the team’s last four games because of right shoulder soreness, called that break a reset button of sorts.

He said people don’t understand how stressful it is to be an NBA player.

“Sometimes you get people who say, ‘I can play in the NBA, I can do this, I’m better than that guy,’” Green said at Friday’s shootaround. “I tell some people you couldn’t deal with the stress of just a game night.”

Green said that on game days the stress begins as soon as his alarm clock rings.

“Everything you do that day, has to line up with you being great at 7:30 p.m.,” Green said. “You wake up at 8 a.m., and everything you do for those next 11 hours has to somewhat lineup or put you in the best position to be great at 7:30. That’s a lot of pressure throughout that day knowing I have to be conscious and aware of everything I do.”

Green hasn’t played since Dec. 8 against Detroit, so he’s had a two-week respite from that anxiety.

“Just knowing two weeks straight I wake up and, that I don’t have a game today,” Green said. “It’s good for your body, it’s good for you mentally. It’s great for you emotionally just to recuperate.”

That being said, Green was still running and doing lower body workouts during that layover. So, yes, he had a bit of a break — but he made sure to qualify that statement.

“I wasn’t just chilling, though,” Green said. “Relaxing would be like Cabo or something, sitting on the beach.”

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