In the NBA, there's always a guy who is only around because he can jump. He doesn't have a clue about the fundamentals. I learn more from the WNBA. They know how to dribble, how to pivot, how to use the shot fake.

Draymond Green

Draymond Green

Profession: Athlete
Nationality: American

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I see the game differently than some guys. I'm always reading the next move.

I don't really mind any scrutiny. It doesn't bother me. I'm going to still live my life and do everything I do the same way and not lose any sleep.

There's the Draymond Green you see out on the floor. But that's not me. I mean, it is, but there's more. People see the fiery guy, the competitive guy, the trash talk and everything. But they don't see the love and compassion. They don't see the person. They don't see the real me, who values his friends and puts people first.

There is no chip coming off of my shoulder because, at the end of the day, you're still going to continue to be doubted.

I refuse to be outworked, and I consider myself to have the heart of a lion.

So many times, I watch games and think, 'Man, why is that guy trying to score like that? He can't do it.' But he's been told his whole life, 'You have to go get 40 if you want to be one of the top dogs.' It's my goal to build a lane where you can be a top dog, and you don't gotta go get that 40. You can go get four and still be a top dog.

No matter what, no matter how I feel, always bring effort.

A guy that's going to do all of the dirty work, that guy that is willing to defend anyone and do the little things and not really care about all of that other stuff. I think every championship team needs that.

I think it's cool to read that Draymond Green is transcending the NBA. I also think it's cool to read that Draymond Green is terrible.

It just doesn't go with my story to be a first round pick, because I had to grind my whole life.

I think complacency is what you allow it to be.

Think about the deflections. The offense can't score every play. They're just trying to get a good shot. If I can deflect a pass, even if it doesn't cause a turnover, it will throw their timing off half-a-second. That half-a-second might mess up their shot.

My whole life, I've guarded guys bigger than me.

Everything can't be sweet. Everything can't be peaches and cream.