How Draymond's leadership of Warriors has evolved this season


Draymond Green's leadership was vital throughout the Warriors' five straight runs to the NBA Finals, providing the glue for one of the league's most talented units ever.

But with the organization falling back to earth over the past year and a half, Warriors coach Steve Kerr spoke to reporters Thursday about how Draymond's style of on-court authority has evolved.

"Really leading from a different place, he's always been kind of our emotional leader and he still is, but he's also become more of a teacher, because this group needs more education than the group that went to the Finals five years in a row," Kerr said. "That team was filled with veterans who sort of knew everything, and so that was more emotional leadership from Draymond. Now, he's become more of a teacher, and he's well-suited for it."

Like rookie James Wiseman, Draymond got a delayed start to Warriors training camp, and still was working himself into shape during his first few games back on the court.

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He nevertheless remained a presence around the Warriors' youthful roster, providing guidance from the bench with that unmistakable voice.

Kerr also began his NBA head coaching career with a run of major success, and he has spoken about adjusting his own coaching style as the Warriors' roster has changed.

At 4-4, the Warriors seem to be trending in the right direction after a very slow start to the 2020-21 NBA season. With Green playing educator, this group only stands to improve as the year wears on.


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