Stephen Curry would select Warriors teammates for All-Star Game

SHENZHEN Oct. 5 2017- Stephen Curry of Warriors reacts during the NBA Basketball USA preseason basketball game between Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves in Shenzhen City of south China's Guangdong Province Oct. 5 2017

Ten days after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers to win his second National Basketball Association title, 27-year-old Draymond Green still has some shit to talk. "They are really trying to rethink their whole strategy"-here he bumps a table repeatedly with his hand for emphasis, getting excited-"because teams know they don't have a fucking clue".

Asked who the first player he would pick for his team if given the opportunity, Curry thought it over and said "Probably one of my teammates", before going on to have a laugh about taking all of his available teammates before having to go outside Golden State's all-star options. Green exclaims. "They don't come out and hit twenty-four threes and they're swept". If that rule were in place past year, Curry and LeBron James would have served as team captains.

For viewers, the choices the captains make and how this plays out is arguably more interesting than the game itself and there is potential for animosity to build between players if they feel they are not selected high enough by the captains.

"Just because you compile a team of superstars don't mean it's going to work, because it's a lot of ego", Green said. And you mix up the conferences and the different lineups you can get out there. But it's not an ego in the sense of: I need this shot, I need that shot. The 6-foot-9 power forward earned laurels in OR for his defensive prowess and that led the Warriors front office to pay the Chicago Bulls a sum of US$3.5 million (AU$4.4 million) to the Chicago Bulls for the rights to the No. 38 selection in the 2017 NBA Draft.

This will be the second year that Green has shared a starting lineup with former NBA MVPs Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant in addition to Klay Thompson.

However, he knows that as good as they are there will always be detractors.

"At the end of the day, it's hard as hell to win a championship", says Green. They'll say they should have won five.

And, here in Tribeca, before any of it happens, Draymond Green knows it's coming.

"What the f*** are you talking about?" he says to me. "Most people can't beat that person".

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