Warriors’ Draymond Green embracing veteran leadership role instead of sulking
There is very little doubt that Golden State Warriors All-Star forward Draymond Green is currently having his worst season as a pro. The Dubs are currently sitting with a league-worst 3-14 record, and at this point, there appears to be no light at the end of this very bleak tunnel.
Recently, the 29-year-old veteran talked with Anthony Slater of The Athletic and discussed how he has been coping with such a terrible campaign thus far. While there were some concerns about how Green may handle the struggles, he has actually evolved into a mature leadership role for the younger players on the squad:
“Right now, I am very instrumental in their careers moving forward,” Green says. “Because for me, I had great vets. I had Jarrett Jack, an amazing vet. Carl Landry, David Lee, Jermaine O’Neal, Matt Barnes, David West. Zaza (Pachulia), Shaun, Andre. I had vets to show me the way. I’d also be doing these young guys a disservice not trying to help them along, regardless of if we’re winning or losing.”
Green went on to explain that this transition has been anything but easy for him. The former Defensive Player of the Year has a reputation as one of the most competitive players in the league, and the fact that his team has been unable to compete competently this season has been absolutely gutting for him.
Nonetheless, Green reminds himself that the most important thing right now is aiding in the development of his younger teammates:
“It’s about unselfishly removing my will to win,” Green says. “Because realistically, it’s unrealistic. It’s a tough thing I’m still battling. It’s an everyday battle to let go of that will to win and try to show these guys the way. Because as much as I want to win — and I still do — that will to win comes with everything.”
Green appears to be slowly accepting the fact that the Warriors are going nowhere this season. As a leader, it is tantamount that he imbibes this notion so as to focus on the other positive aspects of what is bound to be a disaster of a campaign.