Draymond Green has long been regarded as the Golden State Warriors‘ most outspoken leader. Because when both Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry were battling it out for the team’s greatest player, Green was quietly ensuring that the team’s harmony remained intact, which it did for their championship campaigns in 2017 and 2018.
This current Finals run must mean a little more to Draymond because they don’t have two of the league’s top three players on their squad, along with his DPOY self and Klay Thompson, one of the greatest shooters in league history. While Curry will still be on the Warriors in 2022, neither Draymond nor Klay are at the same level as they once were.
He reveals to the media that the quest to win the title is what motivates him:
“I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I’m going on about my summer and we lost the NBA Finals because we couldn’t meet force with force. So I think that was just kind of it for me, and understanding that, like I said, that is my department. That’s where I’m supposed to lead, and I can’t let my guys down.”
It makes sense for Green to take responsibility for the team’s success. He holds himself responsible for his contributions on the floor, and his offensive efforts in the first two games have been woeful. His defense, on the other hand, was essential in the Warriors’ Game 2 victory.
This group has a number of young players who have the potential to become NBA champions early in their careers. Draymond is well aware of the rarity of such an occurrence and will bear the majority of the responsibility if the Warriors falter. It can’t be easy for him knowing they’re so close to putting an end to the false narratives about their dynasty, but they still need three wins before the victory lap can begin.