Warriors star Draymond Green says Tom Izzo was constantly checking up on him after suspension
Despite Draymond Green’s testy attitude, he still has someone he can confide to. The Golden State Warriors forward spoke highly about his former college coach, Tom Izzo, and admitted that his Michigan State mentor constantly checks up on him, especially following his recent suspension and altercation with teammate Kevin Durant per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.
Draymond Green, back in Michigan tonight, with a detailed answer about why Tom Izzo, his college coach, means so much to him. Said Izzo was “blowing up my phone” after recent suspension. pic.twitter.com/c9WgLE3tHK
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 1, 2018
It’s safe to say that Draymond Green and Tom Izzo have developed a relationship that has transcended beyond basketball. Green went the distance in Michigan State, playing up until his senior year, and absorbing every bit of basketball know-how from his Hall of Fame coach.
The Warriors forward showed constant improvement under Izzo’s tutelage and was eventually named Big Ten Player of the Year in his final year at Michigan. In his senior year, Green boasted averages of 16.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.5 steals per game.
Nowadays, it is rare to see players play it out until their senior season. Draymond Green is one of those who climbed and clawed their way to get into the NBA,. Despite having an outstanding senior campaign, Green was still bumped to the second round, where the Warriors eventually found their gem of a defensive stud.
The former Defensive Player of the Year is currently nursing a toe injury that has kept him on the sidelines for eight consecutive games now. The Warriors certainly need Green’s all-around production, as they have struggled with him and Stephen Curry out of commission.
Nonetheless, Curry has made his return to the hard court, so that should ease the offensive load for guys like Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. But with Draymond Green still recovering, the rest of the Warriors will still have to pick up the slack defensively until they get their defensive juggernaut back.