Draymond Green: "Being me has gotten me this far," in response to assault and battery charge

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One thing that everybody can agree on is that Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is comfortable in his own skin.

Although the 26-year-old holds the Golden State franchise record for triple-doubles and finished second in the Defensive Player of the Year voting, it hasn't been all rosy for the former second draft pick.

A slew of groin hits - most notably to poor old Steven Adams - during the playoffs marred some otherwise excellent performances and some recent misdemeanors off the court has shone the wrong kind of spotlight on Green once more.

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"Being me has gotten me this far," Green said with a smile Monday at Team USA practice.

That may be so, but it's also got Green a pending misdemeanor assault and battery charge stemming from a July 10 altercation with now former Michigan State football player Jermaine Edmondson outside a restaurant in his hometown state of Michigan.

"My attorneys are handling everything," Green said. "Leave it in their hands, and I got an opportunity to compete for a gold medal. You don't let any type of distraction get in the way of that.

"This [is] not about me. It's not about anyone on this team. It's about going out and defending our country the right way, so everything else is kind of secondary to that."

Despite missing stars like LeBron James, Stephen Curry and James Harden, Team USA are expected to pick up the gold medal at the Olympics in Rio in August with relative ease.

Green will be hoping to make the headlines for those reasons while putting disappointing matters like the altercation behind him.

Judging by his remorseless attitude though, don't bank on it.

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