Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green downplays league-leading defensive play by saying he wants to show his kids the best he can be.
The Warriors are 15-2, and Draymond Green is a major reason why that’s the case.
Ever the perfectionist, the 31-year-old power forward reflected on how his children motivate him to be his best — especially since Green thinks he’s been “sh*t” the past few years.
“(My kids) kinda get on my a** when we lose,” Green told media after a 119-104 win over the Raptors. “I’ve been s****y the last couple of years, so my kids don’t really understand how good I am. I wanna show them how good I am, so that’s motivation.”
Draymond Green wants to play his best for his kids because of a self-perceived decline in recent years
While Green may be undeservedly hard on himself, others around the NBA are recognizing how Green is the centerpiece of the NBA’s best defense.
Dwayne Wade called Green “one of the best playmakers in the game“, commenting on how the power forward has led the Warriors as a point guard figure to accompany Steph Curry. Plus, Green can sink 3-pointers with a swish, even against towering figures like Kevin Durant.
Then again, Green’s frame of reference is quite different as one of the most elite players in the NBA. From 2014 to 2019, the Warriors enjoyed a dynasty that garnered them three championships, and Green was a part of that “Death Lineup” that got them there.
Falling from the top of the world to the bottom of the conference in 2020 obviously stuck with the Warriors, and apparently, Green is worried his young kids will only remember his 15-50 record in 2019-20.
Now, the Warriors have just as many wins as they did last season, and the Warriors rank No. 1 in defensive efficiency. Green is reminding everyone — including himself and his family — what he is capable of accomplishing.