It is an odd habit of old heads to compare their era to the current one. We are all familiar with their tirades: their era was the most physical time in basketball history and today's players are a bunch of floppers who do not play the game the way it should be played. Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has had enough of these old heads. But instead of fighting fire with fire, Green offered a fresh take on the old vs. new era debate.
Steph Curry era
Green offered the most accurate answer when these debates come up. Both eras are just different, and so it's futile to compare. The only similarity is that both eras are playing the same sport. But even that statement isn't that precise as the rules have been modified.
"When guys get to making these comparisons or talking about, 'Oh, if you played in this day and age…' "And if you played in this day and age you would have had to be way more skilled than you were. It's just different," Green said, per NBC Sports.
The one-time Defensive Player of the Year has also noticed that almost every player from the 80s or 90s would put their era on a pedestal by saying the same thing repeatedly: "We were more physical." Green took this thought pattern and applied it to describe this generation of ballers where everybody acts like they're Steph Curry.
"Comparing the physicality of the game and everybody acting like they were just the most physical and brutal enforcers, it's like everybody acting like they shoot the ball like Steph Curry today," Green exclaimed.
"Then it was physical, now it's shooting," Green said. "Everybody can't shoot the ball. Imagine me in 20 years, like, man, if you played in my day you had to shoot. Like, yeah, guys did shoot better and more. But that don't mean you shot that well."
Modern-day big man
Green is the best person to address this debate. He is tagged as the prototype of the modern-day big man — someone who could do the dirty work in the paint and handle the ball like a guard.
Of course, the modern-day big man has many iterations. There's the stretch big like Kevin Love, Karl-Anthony Towns, Dirk Nowitzki, and others.
Green can shoot but is nowhere near the skill level of those aforementioned. But the Michigan-native makes up for it with his superior basketball IQ and intensity. He's the offensive orchestrator of Steve Kerr's motion-heavy offense. He's as critical as Steph Curry or Klay Thompson's presence. He's the fuel that runs the Warriors' offensive machine.