The Golden State Warriors will be short a starter Thursday night when they take on the Brooklyn Nets, with power forward Draymond Green not with the team. The reason? Green returned to Oakland to be with longtime girlfriend Jelissa Hardy after she gave birth to the couple’s first son, Draymond Jamal Green Jr. Draymond Jr. has an older sister, 8-year old Kyla Dior, who is Hardy’s first child from a prior relationship.
Draymond Jr. was born at 3:55 a.m. Pacific Thursday morning. In his post on Instagram, the new father gave thanks to both his and Jelissa’s mother for helping with the child birth as he made his way to the hospital.
Today at 3:55am PST Draymond Jamal Green was welcomed into the world! I've never experienced such a feeling like I did when I watched his entry. Family is such an important part of my life and to welcome a kid into this world is a dream come true. @jaykay35 you were a soldier and I appreciate you more than you will ever know! My baby girl Kyla was there and slept through the entire thing but she was also a soldier through the whole process and will be a great big sister! It's been a long time coming and it has finally come where we welcome Draymond Jr. Into the world! I am super thankful and overjoyed!!! Thanks to my Mama & mother in law Jackie for holding it down until I made it!
Tonight’s game in Brooklyn is the first of three straight on the road for the Warriors, who visit Detroit Friday night ahead of their highly anticipated game in Cleveland on Christmas Day. Per the Warriors, Green’s availability for those games has yet to be determined.