The Golden State Warriors want to keep their dynasty window open, but they might not have one of their key players to start the 2023–24 season.
All-Star forward Draymond Green hurt his ankle just days before training camp started. This means that he might not be able to play on Opening Night. What damage did he do, and how long will he be out?
At Media Day, the Warriors told the media that Green had a left lateral ankle sprain.
Green said he hurt his ankle when he landed on Jonathan Kuminga’s foot during a pickup game.
“I’m fine. I feel like I’m getting better quickly. “I get better pretty quickly,” Green told the press. “This wasn’t really what I thought would happen this season, but everything does happen for a reason.” Our team put together a great showing, and I’ll be even better by the time I play, whenever that is.
Green replied, “No, I’ve had some bad ankle injuries.” That was when he asked if this were the worst one he’d ever had. It was as bad as it could have been, and I thought it would be worse at first. It’s hard, but it’s okay.
Green, 33, is about to start his 12th NBA season. He signed a $100 million, four-year deal with the Warriors over the off-season. The deal includes a player option for the 2026–27 season.
Green averaged 8.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 73 games last season for the Warriors. He helped them make it to the Western Conference Semifinals.
The Warriors said Green would be looked at again in two weeks at Media Day on Monday (October 2).
As of Tuesday, October 17, Golden State said Green would be looked at again on Sunday, October 22, just two days before the start of the season.
After missing the first three preseason games for the Warriors, Green has been given the all-clear to “begin light on-court workouts (shooting drills, etc.), and his return to full team practice and scrimmages will be based on his continued progress,” according to a team statement.
Come back to see new information as it comes out.