Draymond Green Sidelined with Ankle Injury Ahead of New NBA Season

Golden State Warriors' stalwart, Draymond Green, has been dealt an early blow as he confirmed a left ankle sprain that may see him sidelined for a month or longer.

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Draymond Green Sidelined with Ankle Injury Ahead of New NBA Season
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Golden State Warriors' stalwart, Draymond Green, has been dealt an early blow as he confirmed a left ankle sprain that may see him sidelined for a month or longer. Green shared this update with Andscape's Marc Spears, indicating an expected recovery time of four to six weeks.

Injury Occurred Off The Clock

The incident didn’t occur during an official practice or match. Rather, the ankle sprain transpired during an informal pickup game at the Chase Center earlier this week. Though the sources have confirmed it's not the more severe high ankle sprain, such injuries can still hinder a player's performance on the court, especially someone of Green's caliber.

Relaying his experience, Green shared, "I dodged a bullet and learned that today by the way it's [positively] reacting." He went on to discuss the uncertainty that can come with such injuries, noting that "Even with an MRI you don't see the trend of it immediately.

The swelling is down."

A Crucial Time for The Warriors

The timing is not ideal for the Warriors. With training camp kicking off just a day after the Warriors’ media day on Monday, where Green will address reporters, the team's preparation for the forthcoming season may be disrupted.

Their first preseason game is scheduled for October 7, with the curtain raiser for the regular season coming up against the Phoenix Suns on October 24.

Green's History and Outlook

Draymond Green, now 33, is not just any player on the roster.

He’s a pivotal part of the Warriors' system, now preparing to embark on his 12th NBA season. Riding on the back of a fresh four-year, $100 million contract extension, Green is poised to contribute significantly this season.

However, his recent history is a tapestry of resilience. Last season saw him on the court for 73 games, despite grappling with multiple injuries affecting his back, neck, foot, and knee. Recall two seasons prior, where he sat out for a month due to a back injury.

The Warriors and their fans will be hoping for a swift and complete recovery for Green, whose presence is instrumental in their quest for another championship run. With the season's onset looming, it remains to be seen how the team will adjust to this setback.

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