Steve Kerr: “If Draymond were on a different team, nobody at Oracle would like him”


Look, Draymond Green is great. Legitimately great, not just as a defender but as a passer, rebounder, and utility man. He’s also a goober, a dirty player, and an agitator. Green is the kind of player you love if he’s on your team and you hate when he’s not.

At least, that’s what Steve Kerr thinks.

Speaking to KNBR 680 on Wednesday, Kerr said that Green was the “ultimate antagonist” and that the Golden State Warriors would have never won a championship without him.

Via NBC Sports Bay Area:

“Let’s be honest — if Draymond were on a different team, nobody at Oracle would like him,” Steve Kerr said on KNBR 680 on Wednesday. “Nobody on our team would like him. He’s the ultimate irritant. He’s the ultimate antagonist.

“And when he’s on your team — oh man do you love him. He competes so hard and he generates so much energy and competitive desire. He brings this edge to the game. We would not have a single championship without Draymond. I know that. He’s such a huge factor for us in every series because of his versatility.

“But he’s just one of those guys who no matter what happens, there’s gonna be a lot of stuff going on. And I love it — we need that.”

A little honesty around Green for once is nice. People try to tiptoe around who he is as a character in the narrative of the NBA, over-explaining every little thing when it’s pretty simple.

Well, I guess some people are a little too direct about Draymond, but we’ll overlook that.