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OAKLAND, Calif. - His voice can be heard everywhere the Golden State Warriors go.During games, he antagonizes opponents and challenges teammates. In the huddle, he shouts at coaches one moment and shares a laugh with them the next. And in practice, he barks at individuals not hustling and respects only those who earn it.Anybody listening to Draymond Green quickly learns this is the way he approaches everything in life. Love him or hate him, its that all-out energy and no-nonsense attitude that has carried him from an overlooked second-round pick to one of the most important players on the NBAs best team.One thing Ive always been taught: youre not going to shoot great every night, you may have some turnovers some nights, but one thing you can always do is bring effort, Green said. No matter what, no matter how I feel, always bring effort.While streaky shooters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are the stars, Green is the spark for everything else Golden State (31-5) needs.Warriors coach Steve Kerr has called Green the teams heartbeat, vocal leader and just about every other sports cliche that the former TNT broadcaster typically avoids. He has simply run out of ways to describe Green, whom Kerr first became enamoured with while watching a Warriors game on television.It came right through the screen, Kerr said. He was the heart and soul of the team.In his first two years with the Warriors, Green provided key minutes off the bench and became a favourite of former coach Mark Jackson. But it wasnt until two-time All-Star power forward David Lee missed 24 of the first 25 games this season with a strained left hamstring that Green got a chance to win the starting job.Green enters Friday nights game at Oklahoma City averaging 11.8 points, eight rebounds and 3.8 assists.The 6-foot-7, 230-pound forward has played bigger than his size, giving Golden State the defensive force it has been missing alongside centre Andrew Bogut. He has stretched the floor with an improved 3-point shot, and those around him rave about intangibles that dont show up on stat sheets.Greens game is generated by the same method that helped him win two state titles at Saginaw High School (Saginaw, Michigan), reach two Final Fours at Michigan State and take home Big Ten Player of the Year honours as a senior. Its the same blueprint that has made him a contender for the NBAs Most Improved Player award and All-Defensive team.Green just outworks people — and lets them know about it.He has jawed with LeBron James, exchanged words with Kevin Garnett and mixed it up with Blake Griffin. His scrappy play and feisty attitude can be so jarring, teammates say, that some opponents dont like to play against him.Thereve been numerous guys that say their strengths are the post game, but they dont want to post him up. They end up floating to the perimeter, or vice versa, because hes just annoying defensively, Bogut said.What most people dont see is Greens pride and passion is not exclusive to NBA games.During a recent team scrimmage, for instance, Green struggled in the first contest. He increased his intensity — and trash-talk — in the second scrimmage, and better results followed.He wants you to engage back with him. Youre getting off your game. Its almost like a fuel for him, Bogut said.Last weekend, Green accompanied Curry and his family to Seattle for an NFL playoff game between Currys hometown Carolina Panthers and the Seahawks. At one point, Curry said a foul-mouthed Seahawks fan below the groups luxury suite lost his mind for a second shouting at Currys wife and mother.Green decided to settle the dispute himself. Armed with the only ammunition he had, Green chucked grapes at the fan — who immediately got quiet.Hes Draymond on and off the court, Curry said, chuckling.But sometimes Greens emotions go too far.He has had heated exchanges with teammates in practice and a few expletive-laced confrontations with Kerr during games, which both attribute to their competitive nature. Each time, Green has apologized to Kerr immediately.Thats why I love Draymond, Kerr said.Green has become such a key piece that the Warriors — the same team that passed on him twice in the 2012 draft, when they selected Harrison Barnes seventh, Festus Ezeli 30th and Green 35th — will likely be heading into the luxury tax next season just to keep him.Green, who is making a little more than $900,000 in the final year of his rookie contract, could be due a raise north of $10 million annually this summer. As a restricted free agent, the Warriors would be able to match any offer he receives.Of course, Greens market value is difficult to measure. The Warriors just know his versatility has been invaluable to them.___Antonio Gonzalez can be reached at: Fake NFL Jerseys Wholesale . Jeff Carter had two goals and an assist as the Kings stretched their streak to seven wins in a row with a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. 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The $240 million slugger gave up his hope to play again next month when the teams medical staff and front office advised him to avoid rushing back to the lineup late in the Angels dismal season. Pujols partially tore his left plantar fascia last month, and only recently got his foot out of a walking boot. While sitting out the past three weeks, Pujols repeatedly said he hoped to return at some point in September, even if the Angels remained hopelessly out of contention. He eventually acknowledged the plan made sense only as a salve to his pride. "Its not an easy decision, as competitive as I am," Pujols said at his locker before the Angels opened a series against Cleveland. "But I also understand that we (need) to look beyond the season." The three-time NL MVP hasnt played since July 26, when he partially tore his troublesome plantar fascia while running in Oakland. Pujols had been rehabilitating the injury with hopes of playing in September, but the struggling Angels inability to get into playoff contention made that plan increasingly pointless. Pujols, who has 492 career homers and 1,498 RBIs, consulted with owner Arte Moreno and general manager Jerry Dipoto before agreeing to shut himself down for the season. Moreno still owes Pujols $212 million over the next eight years in the third-biggest contract in major league history. "It was a decision of the organization, Arte and Jerry, because I dont make a decision here," said Pujols, who had career lows of 17 homers and 64 RBIs this year. "I put my uniform on and get ready to play. They said, This is whats best for the organization in the long run, and they came and brought it to me. And I just told them, Whatever you guys want to do, Im all for it. Its definitely hard, as I want to be out there, but I also understand that I cant be selfish and put myself out there." The injury has hindered Pujols all season, forcing the first baseman to be a designated hitter for 65 of his career-low 99 games. Pujols will finish with fewer than 30 homers for the first time in his remarkable 13-season career, alonng with career lows in batting average (.dddddddddddd58), on-base percentage (.330) and slugging percentage (.437). Pujols also had more than 150 hits in each of his first 12 seasons, ending the third-longest streak in modern history. Those numbers arent exactly encouraging for a player who will be 34 years old in January -- in fact, theyre a bit frightening. The Angels are determined to give Pujols every chance to get into ideal health for the spring. "The doctors think its the best course of action," manager Mike Scioscia said. "For Albert, everything would have to have been perfectly aligned for him to come back and play. I think by trying to get to that level, maybe there were some things that would have been at risk in setting the healing process back. I think that its a decision that everyone can be at peace with and get everyone ready for next year." Pujols has been diligent in his rehabilitation while still hoping to play this season. He even did 45 minutes of cardiovascular work Monday before announcing he was done for the year, and Scioscia is confident Pujols will be in top form by February when he reports to spring training in Tempe, Ariz. Its certain to be a long off-season for the Angels, all but certain to miss the playoffs for the fourth straight season despite their lavish payroll and sky-high expectations. Los Angeles has lost 23 of 34 heading into its series with the Indians, and most of Pujols teammates have been similarly disappointing. Josh Hamilton, who got a five-year deal worth $125 million from Moreno, began the week batting a career-worst .230 with 19 homers, 60 RBIs and career lows in slugging percentage (.425) and on-base percentage (.285). The Angels starting rotation has one of the majors highest ERAs, while their bullpen is one of the majors worst -- as is their team defence. With everything going wrong for the Angels this summer, Pujols decided to try to make things right in 2014. "Just look at it," Pujols said. "Unless in two weeks something happens and were only two or three games out ... is it worth it to come back and put yourself in a situation where you take that risk? Or just wait six or seven months and get yourself ready for spring training? Thats the decision we all came to." ' ' '

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