Rockets: Why Jalen Green's comments about Detroit were right

2021 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot
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Houston Rockets rookie Jalen Green clears the air regarding his draft desires

Green told Haynes:

“I wanted to be the No. 1 pick, but as for the location, I didn't want to be in Detroit. I felt a lot more comfortable in Houston. It felt like a real homey 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.

In the [G League] bubble, I didn’t really have anything to do but just stay in the gym. 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's comments drew the ire of Pistons Twitter, including several who took it personal and decided to act out of character (or maybe in character).

But here's the thing, Detroit has never been mistaken for a popular tourist attraction. And on top of that, Green never actually slandered the city, if you re-examine his comments, which I'll do for you.

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