Throughout his tenure as coach of the Golden State Warriors, Steve Kerr has been known to bring in big names to talk to his team. Among others, Roger Federer visited the team this preseason, and Kerr has been hoping to get Malcolm Gladwell in to talk to the players.
On Tuesday, Kerr brought in perhaps his most memorable guest yet: Dr. Dre. The legendary music producer, DJ, rapper, and businessman, along with music icon Jimmy Iovine, took in a Warriors practice and talked to the team.
Not surprisingly, the Warriors players were beyond excited. Draymond Green in particular lauded Dr. Dre for being a talent that raises those around him, saying, “He made other people great. I think that’s what makes him so special.”
Green went on to note that that trait makes both artists and athletes special, saying, “There are a lot of guys who can get it themselves. There aren’t a lot of guys who can make others great. That’s when you see the transcendent talent, when you can make everyone else around you better.”
But Green obviously wasn’t the only player thrilled by the legendary visitors. Everyone was excited.
You did real good today Johnny boy!!! https://t.co/ckR0BdOpK4— Andre Iguodala (@andre) January 9, 2018
Kerr said Durant and Draymond were especially excited about Dre and Iovine’s presence. Durant, in particular, watched the Iovine/Dre documentary “Defiant Ones” in full for a month straight during the off-season. https://t.co/yoOeHXUbvv— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) January 9, 2018
There are a few ties between Dr. Dre and the Warriors. The producer has played a large role in the emergence of fellow Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, who is a cousin of Nick Young. And he is the man behind the popular headphone company Beats By Dre, which endorses Green.
All in all, it was a memorable day for the Dubs. Safe to say they earned it.