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Bonta Hill joined Zach to discuss if the Warriors are still championship contenders and the future of Draymond Green. 

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Offer valid for a limited time, $10 minimum per order. Additional terms apply. He knows that he also compromised things by what happened back in October. And so part of him coming back next year has to be about rebuilding some of that trust and respect that he's earned here for a long period of time. That was Steve Kerr on Draymond Green. It is the Zach Gelb show on CBS Sports Radio. Let's go out to the Bay Area right now and welcome in the host of the Morning Roast on 95.7 The Game. And that, of course, is Bonta Hill.

Bonta, I hear that and I just go, isn't that too little, too late? Steve Kerr talking about Draymond Green? Oh, my gosh.

Well, it's funny, Zach, and it's good to be on with you. All morning long today, we said, how could the punch not linger into the season? And we had all these callers or all these, you know, all these roasters on a YouTube chat talking about, man, get over the punch. It's over. It's over. And then Steve Kerr comes out and says that. So if this leagured all season long and they weren't able to quite get over it, then how the heck do you bring both of these players back in the same locker room? What is going to happen over summer?

Are they going to vacation together, go to Cancun, go well, watch together? I don't know if I'm short and full. I'm going to get the heck out of here. I'm Draymond Green. I'm thinking, well, I don't know if I can yell at him anymore.

I don't have that voice. So it's just, it's really surprising to me. And the question I keep coming back to is, how do you bring both these guys back in the locker room? Has Draymond Green run his course? He's a four-time champ.

I get it. Eleven years, he's going to say, well, he's going to get his jersey retired. He may even get a damn statue. But at some point is enough. Enough is enough.

Enough is enough. And there's bigger problems than that just with the Jordan Poole thing. But this is the Lakers series in itself. We're used to Draymond Green barking, hard fouls, physical basketball. Against the Lakers, a lot of water fans are saying, boy, we didn't see much of that. We saw him helping up Anthony Davis, helping up LeBron James, laughing with LeBron James.

What happened to the Saginaw Savage? What happened to the Saginasty from Draymond Green? So a lot of people are down on Draymond Green right now in the Bay Area, despite him helping this team or this organization win four championships in the last nine years. I miss maybe caught up in the moment, Bonta Hill, but I feel like Draymond would rather play with the Lakers next year than Golden State. Well, the Lakers probably won't want him. I mean, think about LeBron James.

He wants shooters. I mean, the Lakers literally, whether it's Anthony Davis or LeBron James, said, Draymond, you can go ahead and shoot it from the top of the key. We are not going to guard you. Heck, you can even take a 10-foot jumper.

We're still not going to guard you. So LeBron James will say, yeah, we're buddies, but I got my guy. So I'm not going to a guy who won't shoot the basketball. Listen, in the Sacramento Kings series, what flipped it was Draymond Green going to the bench and the Warriors playing a one big lineup. So Draymond going to the bench, and I know he got all these headlines about his humility or whatnot. It was their right choice, whether Draymond Green was in on it or not. They needed to go to a one big lineup with Kavon Looney, who, by the way, in that game that Draymond was suspended in the Kings series, game number three, Looney dropped nine assists. So how valuable is Draymond Green to this organization? I get Steve Kerr saying we're not a championship caliber team without Draymond Green, but I don't know. I don't know if you got other pieces because the NBA's played so wide open now with five out, everybody on the three-point line, you need threats. You can maybe get away with four-on-five, which the Nuggets get away with, with Aaron Gordon, but you can't play three-on-five. And what I mean by that is having Looney and Draymond in the lineup or GP2 or Draymond in the lineup, you're basically playing two non-shooters.

That's not going to fly in today's NBA. And I'm not saying it's an easy decision because I get a lot of teams struggle. Do you pay a player based off past production or is it for what you think he's going to do in the future?

And sometimes it's a mixture of both, but the past actions could end up winning out. But there's no doubt in my mind, Jordan Poole is more critical to the Warriors winning another championship with Steph Curry than it is Draymond Green going into the future. Well, it certainly feels like it and we don't even know about that now after what happened this season. I mean, Jordan Poole averaged eight points a game in that Lakers series, shot 34% and another 25 for the three-point line. I mean, he was an absolute shell of himself.

So I get it. He wants to start. His start bid splits. I mean, he averaged 25 a game when he started this season. He averaged 15.

We had to ride the pines and wait for others to check in before him. So Jordan Poole is one of the few guys on this team that can get to the free throw line. He could blow by his manly to create for others, but he just felt a little it just the whole entire vibe the way he played.

That was basically a microcosm of the team not knowing when he's going to play having his role change weekly. Oh, hey this game. We need you to be a facilitator with this game. We need you to be a score with this game. We need you to start next to Steph. Oh wait Steph's hurt. So you got to start next to clay. Oh wait, we're going to come off.

You're not going to start and you're going to play with all these different combinations. I mean, he really from the punch to the season. He had a lot on this play today. And actually I genuinely feel bad.

Now it's tough for me to feel bad for million here in fact, but I mean, I kind of feel for Jordan Poole after what he went through this season. Well, yeah, if we were co-workers and I punch you in the face and management did nothing to me. I wouldn't expect you to perform at your best because just naturally as a human being Banta, it's tough to move on from what occurred.

Yeah. No, if we did a radio show together, you punch me. We are show be over straight up.

I'd be in jail, you know, it's be all bad. So for Jordan Poole that I mean, he was a show and then he's got to go online. That's the worst part about social media. Yeah, you know, these kids are all social media and there's cartoons of him getting punched by Jeremiah Green.

There's the NBA 2K7 beam or the 2K2 beam with him with a black eye in his player profile. I'm like, geez Louise, this guy can't get away from it. Not to mention the T&D video.

I probably has over 50 million views now. I mean, it was a tough ride for Jordan Poole. And again, I keep going back to how can you possibly bring these two back in the same locker room? How would Jordan Poole want to change the scenery? He's got his bag. He's going to make 27 million next year. He goes from three and a half, 4 million to 27. Maybe he just has to do.

I want to change the scenery. I can't play in the same locker room with this guy. So it's going to be very interesting to see how the Warriors move in the next few weeks. Well, I got two questions off that. Is Bob Myers going to be back next year? And then based off how you view that answer, who do you think it's more likely that's back on this Warriors team next year?

Is it Draymond Green or Jordan Poole? Well, the Bob Myers question is very interesting. I mean, we don't know. We honestly don't know.

I feel like he's very conflicted. I've heard rumors about him. You know, maybe, you know, the Clippers job may become open at some point. There's a few jobs, a few teams that want him out there.

I don't know. I know he's from the Bay Area. He's a really good dude. We love him out here. He's humble. He's kept this thing together. He's one of those major voices in that locker room. But right now, I would say it's 50-50.

I think the guy may be leading Bob, that is, may be leading towards just taking a break and taking a step back for a second. I mean, this dynasty run, think about it. Starting back when they first made the playoffs in 2012, 2013, you go through that saga. You win the first championship. You lose in 2016. Draymond gets a spinner for game five. You watch game five with Draymond Green in the suite at the Oakland A's game. By the way, they had over 2,000 people in the stands that day. Go figure.

And then you go through the Kevin Durant saga, and then you go through punch skate. I mean, it's just been a lot for Bob. So I don't know if he's going to be back.

I honestly believe it's a 50-50 call. If you ask me today and it can change in an hour, I would lean that he's not coming back. Now, as far as Draymond Green and Jordan Poole, sounds like they're going to bring Draymond Green back. Draymond Green obviously has the opt-in option.

He can opt out and become a free agent, or he can opt in for the $27 billion. And by the talks to Steve Kerr, by the talks to everybody in the organization, it sounds like Draymond Green is going to be back. So what does that mean for Jordan Poole? If they keep Jordan Poole and Draymond Green, that tax bill, they're going to be paying basically $500 million for a roster that could get past the second round.

Joe Lake has been on record saying, I don't want to see the bill get up to $500 million. Well, that's what we're playing with here if you keep the same roster. So my guess, if I had to pick one, it would be Jordan Poole moving on because of the nostalgia and because of the championship. Draymond Green has helped win. And of course, the stat number 30 guy, Stephen Curry.

Stephen Curry, if he wants Draymond Green here, Draymond Green is not going anywhere. That's also another part of this conversation. When you talk about the emotions of Bob Myers, that's why I think he's going to depart this offseason. Because you have to know down deep, him knowing this roster and these guys better than anybody, that you have to break up this core to go win another championship. And I don't think Bob has it in him to break up this core with all the memories that they've built.

Oh, it's great. It's a very fair point. It's a very fair point because if you do break it up, there's fans split down the middle. There's a lot of fans out here in the Bay Area that are down on Jordan Poole and want them out of here, which is a surprise.

Because just a year ago, we're all having pool parties and throwing suntan lotion on our nose and saying, oh, we can't get enough of Jordan Poole, Mr. Money Time. And now, because of what Draymond has accomplished here, all the awards, the all-stars, the accolades, he is one of the trusted agents. He's a main man here in the Bay Area, so whoever has to make that decision will be ridiculed. Right now, Joe Lake, the owner, who's spending all this money, an important amount of money, right? I mean, that's what we want from our owners.

We want our owners to spin, spin, spin, spin, spin. And he's done that, and yet he still gets crucified out here because of the youngsters and some of the decisions that have been made with the youngsters here. So, it's a fair point that Bob probably doesn't want to be tasked with that. It's a hard decision. I mean, Bill Walsh did it back in the day where he would get rid of guys a year too early. The Giants, the Giants, were Brendan Crawford and Brent Buster Posey.

A lot of us felt like they held on to that trio too long, and they went through some dark times from 2017, 18, 19, and 2020. So, it could be a fair point. That could be the sticking point there that Bob says, you know what, I'm going to walk away from this. Do what you want to do, Joe.

If you need to break it up, break it up, and I don't want that blood on my hands. I love Klay Thompson. Let me preface it that way, Bonta Hill. But him moving forward as a player, what is he going to be the next few years? What is he going to be next year?

Because it's a shame. The injuries definitely play a factor. He still could be a very good player in this league, but you're not intimidated by Klay like you once were. You know, it was a really sad series against the L.A. Lakers. I mean, the last four games, he averaged 11 points a game. He shot 25, 24% from three. I think he was like eight of 30 down in L.A., or maybe the last three games could have him up. It wasn't good.

It was not good. He had game two, and that was about it. As a player, I still think he will, as a third or fourth option to the offense, if he's a starter, I still think he will put pressure on defenses because of the way he shoots. Let's not forget, he led the league in threes this year with 301.

The month of January, the month of February were two of his best three months of his career when he was asked to carry the team. But a shot selection, I mean, think about the end of game four. It's like, Klay, what are you doing? What are you doing?

Yeah, it's brutal. His IQ, his ball handling has never been worse, so he can't create off dribble. I mean, he dribbles worse. I may have better handles than Klay Thompson. Don't go that far. I'm a big fella in the paint. That's about it. I throw elbows. Yeah, Klay will cross me over. I'm more like Draymond, if you know what I'm saying. There you go. There you go.

You're stopping at the chest. No, Klay could be a fourth option to the offense. Look, the league is all about three-point shooting. He could still do that at a high, high level. He can't guard at a perimeter like he used to.

He's not 28 years old. The injuries have taken a lot out of him. Steve Kerr mentioned today that he wants him to come into better shape in the training camp, and I get it. Klay Thompson didn't want to work out last summer because of what happened the previous summers, you know?

Chaired his ACL or, excuse me, in the final, chaired his ACL, but in a summer run with the day of the draft, he chairs his Achilles. Like, he didn't want to go through that, so I get all that, but he has to be the fourth option into the offense and defensively. He's no longer guarding the De'arra Fox. He's no longer guarding the Donovan Mitchells or the Jamal Burys. He has to guard bigger guys, maybe in the post, maybe on the perimeter, but he's not the same guy. With that said, he can still give you 18, 19 in game, but he just needs to be the third or fourth option in the offense.

He can no longer be the second guy. Bonta Hill, last thing I'll ask you, what do you say to people that believe that this Warriors dynasty is finally done and over with? I ask them and Stephen Curry is still on the team.

That's what I ask them. Is number 30 still on the team? Have you not watched Stephen Curry drop 50 in the game, 7 in Sacramento? Have we not watched him drop a magnificent triple-double against the L.A. Lakers? His efficiency was down in that series, but who else was shooting?

Who else had anything going? I mean, think about all the ball pressure he faced in both series against the Kings and the Lakers. Facing Schroeder and Fox and Davion Mitchell and Austin Reeves that time. And Jared Vanderbilt guarded him 94 feet, and in a way he had to expand his energy on defense. I think with the Lakers, A.D. and LeBron got an arrest on defense. Curry was basically playing every single second, and due to the lack of trust in defense players, he had to play heavier minutes.

He was in the 40s, a lot of these games here in the playoffs. So as long as Steph is there, you still have a top five, top 10 player in this league. The dynasty is not over until he sets us over. So Steph will be fine. The Warriors will be fine. They'll figure out a way to retool. We just don't know who's going to be back.

But I do believe the window is still open. Consider, look at the Western Conference. The Lakers are a 17. They may bounce to different ducats.

Nobody's afraid of the different ducats. Phoenix is a mess. The Clippers are a mess. The Memphis Grizzlies are a joke.

They can't keep their franchise player from keeping a firearm in his pants or whatnot. You know what I'm saying? So the Kings are still young. They're there.

They're coming. But the West is wide open for the foreseeable future. So this window is not closed whatsoever as long as number 30 is playing at the level he's at. I think your best argument, honestly, is what happened a year ago. They didn't play great and they were still able to win a championship. There you go.

There you go. So, I mean, they're fine as long as Steph Curry is playing at this level. Andrew Wiggins is still a dominant player. I know he missed 25 straight games, but you saw him in the playoffs. Man, before that rib injury, 25, 75, a two-way guy. They have pieces to make another run.

I like Looney as a five. Maybe not for 30 minutes a game, but 20 to 25, he rebounded his ass off. The Warriors are fine.

They'll figure out a way to retool. And the one thing about Joe Lacombe, having an owner like that, which I don't get what somebody said on why they ridiculed Joe Lacombe, is that he will do whatever it takes to spin and win games. That's his priority, number one, is to win basketball games. And he would do everything. We call him the modern day Eddie DiBartolo. When Eddie DiBartolo was running the 49ers, he did whatever it took to get star players, to get big name players, to try to win Super Bowls. So Joe Lacombe will continue to try that.

The Warriors would be fine, but no doubt there's a very interesting off season coming up for these guys. And I'll be here to see who's out, who's in, who's out, who gets traded, because there should be a lot of movement with this basketball team this summer. Bonta Hill does a great job hosting the morning roast on 95-7 The Game. Always enjoy when he joins us. Bonta, thanks so much. You be well. Eddie, it's alright, Jack.
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