There is no doubt that Draymond Green is one of the most important pieces for the Golden State Warriors. His basketball IQ, defense, and overall intensity have contributed to his team’s success in more ways than one. Fans and analysts have noticed that Green has turned up his ferocity several notches in the playoffs. And so they’ve become concerned if Green ever takes a quick breather during the playoffs. His answer is typical Draymond Green: he never turns it off.
Living and breathing for a chip
His obsession with winning the championship runs deep. So much so that everyone around Green knows that when it is the playoffs, it’s futile to talk to him unless it involves basketball. The three-time NBA champion doesn’t turn it off after practice. That Larry O’Brien trophy is in his mind 24/7.
“My family feels that. My friends feel that. Everybody around me feels that. I don’t get away from it. What am I trying to get away from? A championship? It’s enough guys running away from that; I don’t need to join that group,” Green said, per NBC Sports.
“I live and breathe that stress every day, all day. I don’t go home after (practice) and feel like, ‘Oh, man, I’m free.’ Nah. I’m doing something to prepare for tomorrow. All day, until I go to bed. Because that’s how you have to win championships.”
Everybody’s locked in
From the way Green explained his answer, it seems that that mentality has been embedded in him since birth. He appears to be in the same ilk as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant — the two models of superhuman mental strength.
That may be true. But there’s also truth to the adage that greatness is made, not born. The Warriors’ two-year layoff from the postseason gave Green some insight on how all NBA players stay locked in. It doesn’t matter if they’re in the playoffs or not.
“You have ... everybody who plays basketball is watching,” he continued. “You see all the tweets during the games from players? I was doing it the last two years ... everybody is locked in and watching the game. There’s no better feeling than that. As a player, when you know everybody is watching you, you’ve got to embrace that.”
“So, why would I want to step outside that? Once I step outside, we’re going back to Game 1 of the regular season, which is boring. I don’t need to step outside of it,” Green said.
The Warriors' forward just gave out the formula for success. The only way to win a championship or three is never to take your foot off the gas pedal. Everyone in the NBA talks of their dreams of lifting that chip in the air. But not everyone is as obsessed as Green. That’s why not everyone can call themselves a champion.