USA assistant coach explains Draymond Green's lack of game time in Rio

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Draymond Green went from All-Star to bench warmer during the Olympics as he spent a lot of time on the sidelines as the USA went in search of a gold medal in Rio de Janeiro. 

In the end, the team of NBA stars achieved their expectation of claiming gold after a 30-point blowout win over Serbia, but Green was never really able to make a true impact on the tournament. 

He participated in all eight of the States' games but the only player to average fewer minutes per night was his former Golden State Warriors teammate Harrison Barnes - who was the 12th man and only took to the hardwood in four games. 

Throughout the two-week competition, the 2016 All-Star averaged 9.8 minutes per game, putting up 1.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists a night. 

According to Team USA's assistant coach Jim Boeheim, the reason Green - and Barnes - did not see much time on the floor was due to personal sacrifice.


He told SiriusXM NBA radio: "Draymond Green is coming off almost his second championship in a row and we all know is a great player, but he was a little too small for the center spot against these European players. 

"And we had Carmelo [Anthony] and Kevin [Durant] at the big forward, and we have Paul George and Jimmy Butler and guys like that at the small forward. 

"But his enthusiasm was great throughout, he talked throughout. And when he played, he played all out. Yeah, it's tough to do that, but two or three guys do sacrifice."

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