“Be a dog. Do the dirty work.

Two seasons ago, JaMychal Green flourished as the first big man off the bench in Denver, behind Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap. However, last year his role changed, with Green expecting to play more as a pick-and-pop five backup and provide more rim protection. This change, combined with a wrist injury he suffered, turned things upside down. Green’s 3-point shooting has dropped from nearly 40 percent to 26.6 percent, and he’s not good at being a primary rim protector. Green looked out of place and played like that.

Now signed to Golden State, Green knows his role this season and said Monday he will thrive there. Via Dalton Johnson of NBC Sports Bay Area.

“I just came in and played hard,” Green said Monday when asked about his role with the Warriors. “Be a dog. Do the dirty work, help [Draymond Green] do the dirty work and knock down shots and play defense. I just come here to play rough.

As Otto Porter and Gary Payton II transition to bigger paydays, the Warriors have reworked their bench units for the upcoming season. Green and Donte DiVincenzo will join younger players getting bigger roles in Jordan Poole, Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody and James Wiseman. More will be asked of this bench as Steve Kerr tries to whittle down the minutes of his older starters – Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Green said it was Kerr who convinced him to come to Golden State. Green said he had other options.

“After speaking with him, I just couldn’t say no to him,” said Green…. “With the organization and what they’ve built, I just felt like I’d like to be a part of it.”

Green being longtime friends with Draymond Green didn’t hurt either. Now old buddies can team up for the dirty work.

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JaMychal Green on role with Warriors: “Be a dog. Do the dirty work. originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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