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Steve Kerr, Warriors make fun of Draymond Green same way once per year

Steve Kerr, Warriors make fun of Draymond Green same way once per year

In April 2011, when he was a junior at Michigan State, Draymond Green put on a helmet and pads, and participated in the Spartans' spring football game.

Of all the players Steve Kerr has coached with the Warriors, is the 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year the one guy he believes could play in the NFL?

"I would say Draymond Green -- he's got the body type, he's got the competitiveness, he's got the fight -- [but] the problem is, every year, we show one clip of Draymond playing in the spring game at Michigan State," Kerr explained to Chris Long on the "Green Light" podcast. "He jumps offsides as a tight end, and then he drops a pass.

"We show that in our film session once a year just to make fun of him. So, I don't think I can say Draymond."

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“It’s never as easy as it looks,” Draymond told Hugh Bernreuter of mlive.com in June 2011. "I thought I knew what I was doing, until I got jammed at the line of scrimmage. It’s not easy. It’s like basketball. It looks easy, but it’s not.

“I like my future in basketball a little better.”

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Yes, the three-time NBA champion made the right decision to pursue a professional hoops career. No doubt about it.

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Steve Kerr, Michael Jordan recall post-fight details much differently

Steve Kerr, Michael Jordan recall post-fight details much differently

If you watched ESPN's "The Last Dance" documentary on the Chicago Bulls, you're very familiar with the story of Steve Kerr and Michael Jordan getting into a fight during a 1995 practice.

When MJ told his version, he said Bulls coach Phil Jackson immediately threw him out of practice after he punched Kerr in the face.

"I had a different memory from what Michael described on the show," Kerr, now the Warriors' coach, recently told Chris Long on the "Green Light" podcast. "My memory was that Phil had gone upstairs to his office while we were scrimmaging because he had to take a phone call from the league or something, and that's when we got into it.

"So, Phil came down to see what was going on. And I remember him coming over to me, he goes, 'You're gonna have to clean that up.' And I go, 'My eye or my relationship with Michael?' "

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Should we even bother speculating on who has the more accurate recollection? That's probably not a good idea, so we'll just leave that alone.

What matters is that Jordan apologized to Kerr, and the incident brought the two together.

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“I would say it definitely helped our relationship, and that probably sounds really weird," Kerr told TNT's Ernie Johnson in April. "I wouldn't recommend that to anybody at home. ... Michael was definitely testing me, and I responded.

"I feel like I kind of passed the test, and he trusted me more afterward."

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2020 NBA Draft sleepers: Tyrese Maxey has two-way talent Warriors need

2020 NBA Draft sleepers: Tyrese Maxey has two-way talent Warriors need

Editor's note: As the Warriors prepare for the 2020 NBA draft, NBC Sports Bay Area will present a twice-weekly series spotlighting two "Sleepers" likely to be evaluated. This is the second of a 12-part series on intriguing prospects considered risky to select among the top 10. 

The Warriors have been fascinated by two-way wings in recent years. Kentucky's Tyrese Maxey fits the mold and could be an intriguing prospect if he falls in the draft. 

A 6-foot-3 guard, Maxey averaged 14.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.9 blocks as a freshman under the tutelage of coach John Calipari. In a win over Michigan State, he finished with 26 points and five rebounds. A month later, he finished with 27 points and 7 rebounds in a win over Louisville. By the end of the season, he was named to the SEC's All-Freshman team. 

His defensive smarts and athleticism are attributes that the Warriors covet. In recent summers, they've looked for two-way prospects to play alongside Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. From Patrick McCaw to Jordan Poole, the team is always looking for multi-faceted talents. 

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However, Maxey struggled from the field in Lexington, making just 43 percent from the field and 29 percent from 3-point range, despite being touted as a shooter. During his first season, he was a frequent gunner who didn't always get his shots within the flow of the offense. Additionally, with his slim frame, he'll need to bulk up to succeed at the next level. 

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At the moment, Maxey figures to be a fringe lottery pick. While Golden State is lock to have a top-5 pick, Warriors general manager Bob Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole that he'd "consider" trading the pick. If Myers decides to do so and picks up a later pick in the process, Maxey could be an intriguing project for the Warriors. 

Tyrese Maxey profile

Position: Shooting guard
Class: Freshman
Birthdate: November 4, 2000 (19 years old)
Hometown: Garland, Texas
2019-20 season averages: 14.0 points (42.7 percent field goals, 29.2 percent on 3-pointers, 83.3 percent on free throws), 4.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.9 blocks.
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 198
Wingspan: 6-5
What they're saying: "He’s not a natural creator, he’s wired to score more than anything else, and he certainly isn’t an elite athlete by NBA combo-guard standards, although he is a pretty good on-ball defender. He’s also a worker, and by all accounts a great kid and competitor." - Rob Dauster, NBC Sports

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