Shaq 'respects' and defends Draymond's GOAT defender belief


If there is one NBA player who knows how to offer his opinion or fire off a take, it's Draymond Green, and that's exactly what the three-time NBA All-Star did earlier this week. 

On a previous episode of the "Dubs Talk" podcast, Green expanded on his defensive skills and stated he believes he's the best defender of all time.

"I can go all around the league and find good defenders, I just don't think any of them are as good as me," Green said to NBC Sports Bay Area's Kendra Andrews and Grant Liffmann.

"I think I'm the best defender to ever play this game," Green added. "100 percent. That's my opinion. I also think I view the game a lot differently than most people view the game. I think I just see it from a different perspective."

Green went on to break down all the facets of what he believes makes a great defender, and capped off his statement by saying he "stood by" believing he is the best defender in the NBA.

That take didn't land with everybody, including Tony Allen, but one notable Hall of Famer came to Green's defense.

"I respect Draymond Green," Shaquille O'Neal said Tuesday on NBA on TNT. "They won the championship the right way. They played hard, they went through trials and tribulations. ... I like players that talk about themselves like that.


"I'm not a defensive guy, so I really can't be in this conversation, but he has what, three championships? Done it the right way, was vital in those championships. Wasn't the main guy, but he had some key stops, he did his thing."

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Green has made a name for himself throughout his nine-year career as a prolific defender. He has always played a critical role in the Warriors' defensive makeup, but the importance of that has taken a new level this season.

He already has three NBA championships under his belt, but it's clear Green believes he should have defensive "greatest-of-all-time" status as well. While he might have a hard time getting a unanimous opinion, at least it's a respected one.

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