G League Ignite’s Jalen Green looks set to be a star in the making, with his future destined for NBA dominance. The 18-year-old could slide into the top-3 of the 2021 NBA Draft. At a minimum, the top-5 looks to be a lock for the flashy guard.
In a Ignite media availability on January 28, Green revealed that he has had workouts with 3-time NBA Champion, Steph Curry. “I’ve worked out with Steph a couple of times, and his trainer. He tells me to just keep working. He tries to give me some information, as much as he can,” Green said.
In response to what the biggest pieces of advice that Curry provided him, Jalen Green mentioned that learning to play off-the ball was a key piece of guidance from the 2-time NBA MVP.
“To move without the ball. He moves without the ball a lot, he’s never stagnant. That was something in my game that I didn’t really have.”
Early Plans Involved a Ignite-Warriors Link:
Earlier in the media availability Ignite Head Coach Brian Shaw alluded to a possible link with the Golden State Warriors. “In our plans early on, we wanted to be able to invite some of those guys to scrimmage against us. We had talks with some of their players trying to organize that. It never came to fruition,” Shaw said.
“Gary Payton is a good friend of mine, he lives about 15 minutes away from where we practice. Just wanting to get him at times to come in and speak to our guys. As easy as it seems to be able to do that, we can’t because of the protocols.”
The global pandemic has clearly deterred initial plans that Ignite had. Early indications suggested that the team were going to face-off in a number of exhibition contests against G League opposition and international academies. That has now evolved into Ignite being part of a fully fledged G League bubble season.
G League Ignite will start the 2020-21 G League season against Jeremy Lin and the Santa Cruz Warriors on February 10. Ignite will compete to be among the top eight teams eligible for a single-elimination playoff, beginning on March 8. The G League Final will take place on March 11.
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