Warriors’ Steve Kerr sought Draymond Green’s college coach for advice
Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green is one that you could say has a strong personality. That being the case, he is not exactly the easiest person to deal with. Even Dubs head coach Steve Kerr has had his fair share of difficult moments with the former Defensive Player of the Year winner.
As a matter of fact, Kerr recently admitted that he even went as far as reaching out to Green’s college coach Tom Izzo of Michigan State in order to ask for some advice on how to best coach Green.
“Tom Izzo and I have become good friends because I decided I wanted to really know how to coach Draymond and I sought his advice,” Kerr said on the Runnin’ Plays podcast with NBCSports, via Logan Newman of Warriors Wire.
The Warriors forward played under Izzo with MSU between 2008 and 2012, where the 6-foot-6 forward would have a memorable college career.
Kerr did not go into detail as to what particular advice Izzo gave him, but the three-time NBA champion coach did explain that understanding his players has become an important part of his coaching philosophy.
“I think that’s a big part of being a coach in the NBA, is really learning your players and understanding what makes them tick,” Kerr said.
As it seems, Kerr has found the right balance in terms of how to coach Green. They have had their disagreements in the past — as with any player and his coach — but as a whole, it’s probably safe to say that they have an excellent working relationship.