In a Golden State Warriors locker room filled of lead-by-example guys, Draymond Green plays a very important role within the organization. Green is the voice to speak out when the team is down double digits, the one to point out defensive mishaps after a possession. He is the lighter in a room full of gasoline, waiting to catch fire.
The Michigan State alum can be the Warriors' greatest asset and their greatest demise — as evidenced by his antics during last year's playoffs. Nevertheless, he will unapologetically keep being himself.
“I’m going to always be me,” Green told Michael Lee of The Vertical. “I’m always fine with what my role is on this team. And everybody may not like that role, but at the end of the day, I think, that helps win. I’m all about winning. That’s what I’ve always been about my entire life. And that’s what I continue to be about. You don’t really expect everybody to understand that. I know everybody won’t understand, but that’s not really my job to help them understand that.”
Green is as blunt as it gets with his words, a refreshing change from a somewhat muted professional sports world where everyone is taught to prioritize political correctness than authenticity.
While he's largely blamed for the Warriors choking up a 3-1 lead in the Finals — in reality, they might have not gotten there had it not been for him. They might not have come back from 3-1 down against Oklahoma City or won a crucial Game 6 at Chesapeake Arena without his rugged defense and rebounding ability.
Green's energy is a volatile fire cannon that is bound to blow up when least expected. At age 26, his growth will largely depend on how he minimizes those negative energy outbursts and maximizes his fiery pulse on the court the best of his abilities.