Draymond Green

Ratto: Why Draymond Green is the perfect college professor

Ratto: Why Draymond Green is the perfect college professor

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?

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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 pouring through essays about the Industrial Revolution, M-theory or pre-Raphaelite art. Not even the history of Basketball-Reference.com.

Read more here from NBC Sports Bay Area's Ray Ratto. 

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Warriors columnist Marcus Thompson with big praise for the Celtics on the Celtics Talk Podcast

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Warriors columnist Marcus Thompson with big praise for the Celtics on the Celtics Talk Podcast

A. Sherrod Blakely talks with The Athletic Bay Area's Marcus Thompson II on the highly-anticipated match-up on Thursday of the red-hot Boston Celtics and the defensing champs, the Golden State Warriors. Thompson is shocked at how good the Celtics have played early in the season, and goes into detail of how impressed he has been with Brad Stevens and Kyrie Irving. He also talks about the C's two young wing players - Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, saying everyone in the league is looking for players like this, and the C's have two good ones.

Other topics discussed include how much the Warriors will look to put Boston in its' place, are the Cavs really in trouble, and what a Celtics vs Warriors Finals could look like.

Warriors' Green lauds Kyrie Irving for going to Celtics

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Warriors' Green lauds Kyrie Irving for going to Celtics

Kyrie Irving had been to three straight NBA Finals as a teammate of LeBron James, and the Cavs could have continued to dominate the East as long as James and Irving were together in Cleveland.

So his decision to walk away from a sure thing and try to become the focal point of his own championship-level team in Boston surprised some people. But not the Warriors' Draymond Green.

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“I wouldn't necessarily say it surprised me. I'd say more than anything, [it upped] the respect level I have for him,” Green said in a story posted on NBC Sports California. “That's tough to do. I don't think people take into account that he put so much pressure on himself by doing that . . .

“You have to deliver with that. He’s basically saying, ‘OK, I’m ready to deliver.’ . . . "

Green also admired the fact that Irving -- not a free agent -- couldn't pick and choose his destination.

“[He] could have gotten traded anywhere. But he pretty much said, ‘I don’t care where I go. I’m going to make it happen.’ That says a lot about who he is, as a competitor. His character. That says a lot about him . . .

“[The] willingness to do that, knowing the pressure that comes with that, and saying ‘I'm ready to do it. Let’s do it.' That's what stood out to me, more than anything.”

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