If you picked a top 3 list of current NBA players most likely to become great coaches, Draymond Green would be one of them. Love him or hate him, there’s no denying Green has one of the highest basketball IQs in the game. Players with his physical limitations and shooting numbers can’t make the roster, yet Draymond still makes a huge difference on the court. In addition to that, his short stint as a TV analyst demonstrated Green could communicate the game, so even amateurs like us understand it.
Of course, there is a but. The main reason Steve Nash was hired in Brooklyn was his emotional intelligence. Steve Kerr launched the Warriors into the stratosphere because he knew how to handle different characters in the Warriors locker room. This is an area Draymond isn’t sure he’d manage well enough to be a good NBA coach. Or more precisely, he’d have the patience to do so. Why?
“The lack of competitiveness in players bothers me more than anything, and I don’t know how I would handle that as a coach.”Draymond Green, The ETC’s
For Draymond, not being 100% about the game is a cardinal sin. In a way, that’s why the KD situation happened on live tv. Durant was noncommittal about extending his stay with the Warriors, and Green couldn’t process that. As intelligent as he is, Green can’t control himself if someone isn’t giving 100%, and more and more players today, particularly the younger generations, are a lot more chill in their approach to the game. Draymond spoke about that extensively.
“They soft as hell. I’ve found myself trying to talk sh*t to some of these young dudes that won’t talk. And they’re like trying to be a friend. That’s what these young dudes do nowadays. I don’t understand it… They’re brothers, and all this sh*t on social media… they’re losing their sense of competitiveness… A lot of these little dudes are doing it for a good Instagram account…There’s more talent around the league than there’s ever been. From a talent standpoint, the league is in a good space. But as pure basketball lovers — who love competition at the highest level — I think they gotta catch up in that department.”Draymond Green, via The ETC’s
Another thing Green mentioned as an obstacle in his potential coaching career is living on a basketball schedule. You spend a lot of time away from family and basically have no free time during the season. With all the money he made in his career, it makes sense Draymond prefers to take it easy, at least for a while. Maybe he feels the itch after a few years, and if that happens, it will be interesting to see will he break more drawing boards than his current coach.