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Draymond Green lost an inch due to new NBA height policy, doesn’t care

A hot topic in the NBA as training camps have gotten underway is the league’s new mandate that requires teams to provide “precise” height measurements for players. This has led to some players being listed at a different height — some taller, some shorter — than previous measurements.

Draymond Green ended up losing an inch due to the new policy. After being listed at 6-foot-7 throughout his career, the Golden State Warriors star now measures in at 6-foot-6. Green clearly could not care less.

“Why does that even matter?” Green said ahead of Thursday night’s 143-123 exhibition victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, via Rusty Simmons of The San Francisco Chronicle. “I actually used to care, because it did matter when I got drafted and stuff. But I don’t even care now. I don’t care if the whole world knows I’m 6-4.

“It doesn’t matter anymore, at this point. Actually, I’m not 6-4, but you get my gist. They’re not going to re-draft me or anything like that. I’ve shown what I can do with the height I have. Who cares now?”

As originally reported by Marc Stein of The New York Times, the NBA now requires that teams “must certify and submit the precise height and age for every player.”

Further, the NBA mandated that players’ heights must be measured with their shoes off, a policy bemoaned by Green’s teammate, Stephen Curry.

There has been no shortage of consternation expressed by players over the height measurement mandate, including from Green, who railed against the new policy in a snarky social media dispatch.

The NBA’s renewed focus on accurate player measurements arguably is a relatively inconsequential development in the grand scheme of things. Odds are the entire controversy, for lack of a better word, will be barely remembered once the regular season gets underway.