Team USA - Olympic champion Draymond Green ready for USA again if needed
Draymond Green didn't score a lot of points for the USA at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games but that wasn't required of a player that has an engine always running at full throttle, someone that helps out in other ways.
In the limited minutes he received on a star-studded roster, Green crashed the boards, ran the court hard, played defense and provided energy both on and off the hardwood to help the Americans go unbeaten and win a third straight Olympic gold medal.
His all-around ability had already taken center stage numerous times in his professional career with the Golden State Warriors and it continues to do so. At the weekend in a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, Green became the first player in league history to achieve a triple-double with fewer than 10 points. The 26-year-old had 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals in the win.
There is always a place on a national team for players like Green so don't be surprised if he's in the USA line-up at the FIBA AmeriCup 2017, the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Green spoke to FIBA.com. The dust has settled on the Rio de Janeiro Games. How do you rate taking part?
It was a great experience. I had an opportunity to experience the Olympics, something I watched. To be a part of that, to win a gold medal and to be able to go and watch all the other events, the other Olympians, it was incredible. It was a dream come true.
So that's two dreams come true. How did playing in Rio and winning gold compare to capturing the NBA crown a couple of years ago with the Warriors?
Both of them is winning. At the end of the day, you're doing something for your country (with the USA). That's always amazing, to bring a gold medal back for your country, put your country on top of the world. It's bigger than just you, it's bigger than just a fan base, bigger than just a team, it's nationwide. It's an amazing feeling.
Presumably you are going to put your hand up for the next big tournament with the USA?
If they want me involved, definitely. That's an honor, to compete for your country.
Looking back at the summer, what did you like the most?
Number one being with my teammates. We're still close. Then getting to mingle with all the other athletes. The women (USA Basketball) stayed on the same ship with us. We became really close, then obviously winning the gold medal.
There was a strong Golden State flavor to the team and it would have been even more so had Stephen Curry been healthy.
It would have been special. Three of us (Green, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant) got to play together and that was special. Definitely I know that it's something he's been looking forward to and not getting an opportunity to do it, I feel for him.