Jalen Green really wants people to know that he should’ve been the No. 1 overall draft pick, but he also wants you to know that he did not want to live in Detroit.
Jalen Green wasn’t picked No. 1 overall in the 2021 NBA draft, but he says he is happy he ended up going second overall to the Houston Rockets.
“I wanted to be the No. 1 pick, but as for the location, I didn’t want to be in Detroit,” Green told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. “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 the bubble. That’s pretty much what it was.”
Green skipped college and spent last year with the G League Ignite, which played a 15-game season inside a bubble in Florida amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He compared this to the lack of excitement in Detroit.
“I wouldn’t be stepping outside in Detroit. There are not many things you can do in Detroit like that,” Green added. “You’re going to stay in the gym and then go back to your apartment.”
Before the draft, Green indicated he was hoping to go to the Pistons.
“Number one pick, that would be a dream come true,” he told Tyler R. Tynes of GQ. “I want to live in Detroit.”
He ended up in Houston and will now set out to prove that Detroit made a mistake by not selecting him.