One of the crucial developments that led to the Warriors' recent dynasty was Steve Kerr's decision to insert Draymond Green into the starting lineup in his first season as head coach. As a third-year player, Green took advantage of the opportunity and began establishing himself as the third member of the Warriors' "Big Three."
Green, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson soon proved to be the top trio in the league, capable of lighting up the scoreboard and clamping down on the opposition. They led Golden State to a 67-15 record and the franchise's first NBA championship in 40 years.
That championship represented the first of the Warriors' five straight trips to the NBA Finals, and though the Big Three eventually became a Big Four with Kevin Durant's arrival, Green's role never diminished in importance.
And yet, it's because of that role that Green will forever be underappreciated and underrated by the ignorant and uninformed.
Green's ability to diagnose a play before it happens might have something to do with what has made him such a natural at being an in-studio analyst for TNT during the current NBA playoffs. He filled in on back-to-back nights of "Inside the NBA" earlier this week, the second of which Shaquille O'Neal dubbed the "Nine Rings Edition" -- a reference to the nine combined NBA championships won by Green, O'Neal and fellow analyst Kenny Smith.
Well, a member of the ignorant and uninformed wasn't a fan of that name and attempted to denigrate each of the champions' accomplishments on Twitter. But in doing so, they told on themselves.
Green pointed out as much in his reply.
The idea that Green owes his championship rings to Curry, Thompson and Durant any more than they owe theirs to him is just plain wrong, especially considering he has more rings than KD does.
This should go without saying, but alas: Don't try to talk trash to Green. He's a lot better at it than you are.