Jalen Green seems to not be a fan of the city of Detroit or the Detroit Pistons.
In an interview this week with Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, the Houston Rockets rookie took another shot at Detroit, saying that he did not want to live there. Green added that there was not much to do when he was in Detroit for the NBA G League bubble last year.
“I wanted to be the No. 1 pick, but as for the location, I didn’t want to be in Detroit,” he said. “I felt a lot more comfortable in Houston. It felt like a real homie environment. With Detroit, it felt like I was just going back to the G League bubble, and I just got out of there. That’s pretty much what it was.
“In the [G League] bubble, I didn’t really have anything to do but just stay in the gym,” Green went on. “I didn’t have any time to get away for myself. The only time I had to get away for myself was in my apartment. That’s what it felt like in Detroit. I wouldn’t be stepping outside in Detroit. There are not many things you can do in Detroit like that. You’re going to stay in the gym and then go back to your apartment.”
Green scored 25 points in a Summer League win over the Pistons and averaged 20.3 points per game during three exhibition appearances. He showcased this scoring ability last year in the G League, averaging 17.9 points in 15 games.
While Green would have loved to have gone number one in this past NBA Draft, this shade could be himself finding ways to stay motivated for not going number one.