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Draymond Green limiting ticket requests for Warriors-Pistons game


By Mark Medina, Bay Area News Group

Friday, December 8, 2017

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DETROIT — Draymond Green has better things to do than worry about endless ticket requests he could receive at any part of the day. Green also has better ways to spend his money than on making everyone from his hometown happy.
So after fielding about 60 ticket requests during his rookie season in the 2012-13 campaign, Green said he has dwindled that number down to “not over 15” for when the Warriors (20-6) visit the Detroit Pistons (14-10) at their new downtown arena.
“You do that stuff the first couple of times, then it’s money down the drain,” Green said on Friday following morning shootaround. “It’s going fantastic. I can’t believe how great it’s been.”
Green appeared in positive spirits for reasons beyond fattening his wallet. The Warriors expect Green to play against Detroit after missing Wednesday’s game in Charlotte because of a sore right shoulder. Although he never has the time to make the three-hour roundtrip visit to his hometown in Saginaw, Green’s family members visited him on Thursday night in Detroit.
“Draymond’s fired up,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s the first guy on the floor for shootaround and first guy on the bus. That’s not usually the case. He’s excited for this game.”
The reasons are obvious after playing at Saginaw High and starring at Michigan State.
“It always feels great to come back just to land here and get off the airplane To know you’re home is a great feeling,” Green said. “Then you get to play in front of a lot of people from Saginaw and a lot of Spartan fans. They get the opportunity to see me play. It’s always a great feeling.”
Green will have more great feelings if the Warriors can extend a six-game winning streak. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only 10 NBA teams in league history have swept their six-game trips, the last including the 2008-09 Los Angeles Lakers. With Curry out, Green conceded he will likely assume more ball handling duties. Yet, he emphasized that he will not take on a significantly bigger workload to compensate for Curry’s absence.
“We have a bunch of guys who can make plays and score the basketball,” Green said. “We don’t try to put too much emphasis on getting another guy the ball and say this guys has to do more of this. We just play. If you do it the right way, it happens naturally.”
Sources of entertainment
Kerr apparently has a pretty busy itinerary scheduled on Friday.
“As soon as shootaround is done,” Kerr said, “I’m heading right back to the slots.”
After all, Kerr joked he stayed out all night on Thursday in Detroit at the local casinso for the same reason the Warriors stayed out late in Miami on Saturday. It helped the Warriors beat the Heat on Sunday.
“Same logic,” Kerr said. “Instead of only sun and sand, it’s nickels and electric poker.”Rave reviews
The Warriors gave two thumbs up on the Pistons’ new downtown arena after previously playing at the Palace of Auburn Hills since 1988.
“I think it’s nice,” Green said. “You can definitely tell it was built for the Red Wings Just the way it’s shaped. After being in so many arenas, you kind of know the difference. It’s definitely a very nice arena and I’m excited to play in it.”
It seemed fitting for Kerr, whose rookie NBA season in Phoenix marked the Palace’s opening. Kerr called the Pistons’ new arena a “pretty dramatic change.”
“It’s beautiful,” Kerr said. “It’s very red. Makes sense given the Red Wings play here.”