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NBA Star Draymond Green Learns More From the WNBA Than His Own League

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Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green has discovered the secret to upping his game on the court — and it’s by watching women’s basketball. In a new interview with Sports Illustrated, Green shared that he learns more from the ladies of the WNBA than from the counterparts in his own league.

“In the NBA there’s always a guy who is only around because he can jump,” Green said. “He doesn’t have a clue about the fundamentals. I learn more from the WNBA. They know how to dribble, how to pivot, how to use the shot fake.”

Green’s remark parallels a soundbite from when fellow NBA baller Blake Griffin guest starred on Comedy Central’s Broad City earlier this year. Griffin played himself on the show and told main character Ilana that the WNBA was “so good. I literally steal moves from them all the time.” He then goes on to tell her, “Some of the moves they do, I can’t even — like — I can’t even think of in my head. It’s just like the best version of basketball there is.”

The ladies of the WNBA were already killing the game before two of the NBA’s biggest stars gave them shout-outs, but here’s hoping that it leads to giving these women the recognition that they deserve.



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