A hearty congratulations to Draymond Green and his Warrior teammates on their NBA Championship!
When Draymond squeezed into his first Spartan jersey, there were many—me included—who were unsure if he’d amount to anything. He was chubby, looked slow and made his share of mistakes. His first nickname was “Dancing Bear.”
Well, it wasn’t long before SpartanNation learned how wrong we were.
When Day-Day graduated, there were hopes that he’d land somewhere in the pros. A lot of NBA scouts doubted his ability to stick in the league, but Draymond knew they were wrong. Very wrong:
I mean, that’s what they said…I won the national player-of-the-year award in college, consensus All-American. I made every, every single first-team All-American that you could possibly make, and I was a second-round pick, and a lot of people said I could never play in this league. Too slow, too small, can’t shoot well enough, can’t defend nobody. What does he do well? He doesn’t have a skill.
The secret to Day-Day is his huge heart:
I’ve got heart, and that’s what stands out. It was just one of those moments where it’s like I’ve always been doubted my entire life.
I would add his humility.
Say what? He’s the biggest trash-talker since Reggie Miller!
Ah, but don’t confuse humility with self-deprecation. True humility is knowing who and what you are, the good and the bad. No more, no less.
At 25 years old, Draymond Green knows himself pretty well.
Day-Day, you’re my hero!