Age: 31 Height: 6-6 Weight: 215 lbs School: North Carolina
During All-Star weekend in Charlotte, John Schuhmann and I caught up with Warriors All-Star Klay Thompson, Raptors guard Danny Green, and Spurs rookie Lonnie Walker IV.
Seventh to shoot with just the top three advancing to the championship round, Green needed to post a big number to continue in the contest after Buddy Hield of the Sacramento Kings and Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets scored 26 and 25 points, respectively. With that pressure in the back of his mind, Green came out firin'. He didn't go perfect in any of the first four racks, but was able to nail each of the four “money balls” (worth two points instead of one) that left his hands.
Danny Green of the Toronto Raptors takes on the first round of the MTN Dew Three-Point Contest.
While Danny Green has jokes about Raptors fans wanting to shelter Kawhi Leonard from the winter weather in Toronto, it turns out they may have a legitimate reason to be concerned. As the Raptors compete to recapture the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, Leonard's impending free agency remains on the back of everyone's mind. When the team swung a blockbuster trade to acquire Leonard last summer, Toronto had one season to impress the former NBA Finals MVP both on and off the court.
The overtones of “no defense” began back in the locker rooms for the players, and on the pre-game show for the fans (one that was surprisingly guest hosted by Danny Green, the oft-noted podcaster). For the World Team, Canada's own Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Raptors' sophomore OG Anunoby were