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Three reasons Draymond Green is the perfect college professor

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Three reasons Draymond Green is the perfect college professor

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Draymond Green spoke to a group of students at Harvard Thursday on the subject of leadership, and if you find that incongruous, shame on you.
 
I mean, who else would you want as a college professor?
 
Green has led, and been led. He has learned, and he has taught. He has certainly lectured, as any teammate, official and media member will testify. He’d be a hell of a teacher, and the subject almost doesn’t matter.
 
For one, homework would be different, as in I’d bet there would be no written work. I don’t see Prof. Day-Day poring over essays about the Industrial Revolution, M-theory or pre-Raphaelite art. Not even the history of Basketball-Reference.com.

For two, having tenured faculty audit his classes may find his choice of rhetoric a little strident, as in “What the ---- were you thinking, dude?” is not typically approved instructional methodology.
 
And three, nobody would get a grade. Green would mark every exam with a “35,” as in his draft position, and besides, the exams would be students arguing with each other over whether that was a foul or a no-call, and who pulled the better face when the call was made. He’d give either an approving nod or give the loser a second technical foul and kick him or her out of class.
 
But it would be a hell of a class. Not at Harvard, of course, because Green probably would want to teach a school that could better use his brand of wisdom, and Harvard kids already have a healthy lead off third base. He’d want his students to make Harvard students cry, you can just tell.
 
But wouldn’t he look perfectly Draymond in a cap and gown on graduation day, pulling a bottle out of his sleeve to make the valedictory speeches less painful. “Damn, dude,” you could hear him yell. “Peaking?”

Kerr references 'karma' when discussing Draymond's 3-point shooting

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Kerr references 'karma' when discussing Draymond's 3-point shooting

Draymond Green did not shoot the ball well the first seven games of the season.

He went 5-for-23 (22 percent) from distance over that span.

It's been a different story the last two weeks, as he is 13-for-24 (54 percent) over the last seven games.

"I think he's working extra hard these last few weeks after he got off to that slow start with his shooting," Steve Kerr told reporters on Tuesday. "When he shoots the ball well, it's devastating because he's the one that people are gonna leave open -- for good reason ... Draymond understands that.

"What he's done is he has a great feel now for when to shoot. And I want him shooting 3s, and he knows that. But I don't want the quick one before we've explored other stuff. But what he's been great at the last couple weeks, is early in the clock he's getting an open 3 and he's driving it. He's going right to the hole and he's kicking it.

"And so now we're getting an extra rotation from the defense -- possibly a mistake from the defense -- and the shot that he's taking is the one after we've explored everything. It's been fun to watch that awareness from him."

So Kerr doesn't want the quick one, huh?

Draymond's 3-point shooting as it relates to the shot clock, according to NBA.com (last seven games):

- 22 to 18 (very early) = 4 for 4
- 18 to 15 (early) = 1 for 4
- 15 to 7 (average) = 6 for 13
- 4 to 0 (very late) = 2 for 3 

Some of Draymond's attempts against the Magic:

And one from the win over the Spurs:

And when you're up 18 in the fourth quarter -- and you're 3-for-4 from distance so far in the game -- you gotta live with this one, right?

"I think there is something to taking the right 3 -- whether it's karma or rhythm," Kerr said. "You have to know your game and know your place in the offense. And I think Draymond's in a great groove right now in terms of his balance between the drive-and-kick game and taking the right 3-point shots.

"And then, I'm all for -- if he makes a couple in a row, I'm fine with him launching one. He's hot, go for it."

Is Draymond aware of this...?

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Should Cavs fans panic? Draymond: 'There are some glaring concerns'

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Should Cavs fans panic? Draymond: 'There are some glaring concerns'

The Cavaliers are 7-7.

The Cavaliers' 111.1 defensive rating is the worst in the NBA.

Opponents are shooting 47.5 percent (28th) overall against Cleveland, and 39.7 percent (29th) from 3-point territory.

In a recent Q&A with USA Today Sports' Sam Amick, Draymond Green took inventory of the Cavs.

Should Cleveland fans be panicking?

“To a certain extent yes. And to a certain extent, no," Draymond explained. "I don't think anyone should be panicking 12 games in, or 13 games in. However, there are some glaring concerns with them. And at the same time, you're missing a 30-point player (Isaiah Thomas) on the bench who's hurt. So my concern would be that LeBron is playing so many minutes right now.

“Yeah, he's super human but eventually his super human powers go away, so that would be more of my concern if I'm a Cavs fan or somebody with the Cavs or a player, is like 'Man, he's been playing a lot of 40 minute (nights) and it's only Nov. 12.' But I wouldn't be pressing the panic button just yet."

LeBron -- who led the NBA in minutes per game last season -- is once again No. 1 so far this year at 38.1 minutes per night.

The good: Cleveland has won two in a row.

The bad: The wins were against the Mavs and Knicks, and Cleveland trailed New York by 14 points with less than eight minutes remaining.

"At the end of the day, they know how to win," Draymond added. "They've got a guy who knows how to win, so I wouldn't necessarily press the panic button. I would see certain things and I would panic about those certain things, just because ... I don't think nobody should be playing 40 minutes a game in November."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller