Get Draymond Green talking, and you never know what might come out of his mouth. All you know is that it’s going to be outstanding. The three-time All-Star for the Golden State Warriors always has an opinion worth sharing, and a story worth telling.
And, in a compelling new interview with Sam Alipour of ESPN The Magazine, Green did a lot of both.
In it, Green touches on a variety of subjects, and nearly everything he says is gold. But nothing is quite as good as this segment about his relationship with Steph Curry:
Let me think of one that protects his image. [Laughs] My favorite Steph story goes back to the beginning of all of this, right before our first title. We were in Memphis, down 2-1. Steph wasn’t playing well, and it felt like the world was collapsing on us. So he was in his room, doing nothing, and I called him: “Hey, let’s go get a drink.” “All right, cool.” So we go to Blues City Cafe, drink a bunch of drinks, eat a bunch of garbage and have a bunch of fun. And we won the next three. That moment was the beginning of our run, where it could have gone all the way left. We just needed to just get away from the game.
Then we’re in Cleveland, down 2-1 in the first Finals. Steph was struggling, so I took a bottle of wine to his room. So it’s just me and Steph, in his room, crushing a whole bottle of wine -- and we won the next three.
Those are the moments I’ll never forget. That’s my guy, man.
If those images don’t bring a smile to your face, I don’t know what will.
Green hit on a lot of issues, including the ending of the rivalry with the Cleveland Cavaliers (“Honestly, it was over last year. You take away Kyrie, that’s a completely different team.”), the players he couldn’t talk trash to (Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant), and the timeline of the dynasty (“If we stay together, only old age will get us -- and not anytime soon.”).
When you get a moment, read the whole interview. It will be the best thing you do all day.