Steve Kerr to attend Draymond Green Michigan State jersey retirement

Steve Kerr to attend Draymond Green Michigan State jersey retirement

When Draymond Green sees Michigan State retire his No. 23 jersey Tuesday, Steve Kerr will be a part of the memories. 

The coach will leave the Warriors’ five-game, eight-day road trip to witness Green, whom he calls the “heartbeat” of the team, earn one of the greatest honors a player can know. 

“When I think about what’s he’s meant to the Warriors and my coaching career, the least I can do is be there for him on a big night," Kerr told NBC Sports Bay Area. "There’s not even a second thought." 

During this road trip, the Warriors have a stretch of three games in four days, including a back-to-back. The non-game day, Dec. 3, is when Green’s ceremony will happen, resulting in a span of four days in four different cities -- Orlando, Atlanta, East Lansing and Charlotte.

Green beamed when he talked about Kerr being there.

“For him to come up that day with me for a big moment for myself and my family … it really means a lot," Green told NBC Sports Bay Area. "There’s a lot of things he could be doing, like resting. Or a lot of other things on an off day rather than being in East Lansing, but I’m truly appreciative of that.”

Kerr balked at the idea of resting, and mentioned Warriors general manager Bob Myers and team owner Joe Lacob will travel for the ceremony, too. 

“It’s a moment of respect,” Kerr said. “We’re honoring Draymond and showing the respect he deserves. This is one the biggest nights of his life and career. We should be there for him.” 

Green was drafted by the Warriors in 2012. He’s in his eighth season with the team, and signed a four-year, $100 million contract extension this summer. These moments make him feel certain about his future. 

“I’ve always talked about being a part of this organization forever,” Green said. “And it’s things like [this] that make you feel that way. It’s not that you win some games. It’s not that you got paid. It’s things like [this] that make you loyal to an organization. It means a lot to me.”

[RELATED: Why MSU ceremony means so much to Draymond]

Green's relationship with Kerr is special. Their fiery moments are part of an understanding that both demand the best on the court. With three NBA championships together, their bond is deep. 

“There’s always love," Green said. "We’re both competitors. We both want to win. Neither one of us is gonna back down. That’s the exact reason both of us are in the position we’re in. It’s nothing but love and respect."

Warriors vs. Knicks live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV


Warriors vs. Knicks live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

The five-win Warriors face the four-win Knicks on Wednesday night in a battle of two teams at the bottom of the NBA standings. If there ever was a time for the Dubs to get a rare home win, it's tonight.

Golden State is just 2-8 at home in Chase Center's opening season. But the Knicks only have one road win all season long. 

The Warriors also have beat the Knicks in 10 straight games. 

Warriors rookie forward Eric Paschall, who is averaging 16.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, is listed as questionable but believes he will play. Fellow big man Alen Smailagic was recalled from the team's Santa Cruz G League affiliate and could make his NBA debut. He was the No. 39 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

[RELATED: Warriors primed to get rare home win vs. reeling Knicks]

Here's how to watch Wednesday's Warriors-Knicks game. 

When: Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. PT -- pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.
TV Channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live Stream: MyTeams App

Warriors vs. Knicks watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage


Warriors vs. Knicks watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

SAN FRANCISCO -- With the Knicks in town, the Warriors (5-20) have a good chance at doing something they haven't done in weeks: Win a game at Chase Center. 

History is on Golden State's side, as the Warriors have beaten New York 10 straight times, including the last five matchups in the Bay Area. 

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The Knicks come into Chase Center one week removed from firing head coach David Fizdale under familiar Knick-like circumstances. Since the move, the team has lost their last two games, bringing the league's worst record (4-20) into their only trip to the Bay. 


F Eric Paschall
F Draymond Green
C Willie Cauley-Stein
G Glenn Robinson III
G D'Angelo Russell

C Taj Gibson
F Marcus Morris
F Julius Randle
G RJ Barrett
G Frank Ntilikina


Warriors: Steph Curry (Left- hand fracture), Klay Thompson (Left knee rehabilitation) are out. Eric Paschall (left hip soreness) is questionable. 

Knicks: Kadeem Allen (G League assignment), Reggie Bullock (Cervical disc herniation), Wayne Ellington (Left Achilles soreness), Ivan Rabb (G League assignment)


Warriors: Despite being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game, rookie forward Eric Paschall believes he'll play. Paschall's streak of double-figure scoring games ended at 13 on Monday night against the Grizzlies. The Warriors still have one of the league's worst defenses, allowing nearly 114 points per contest. Damion Lee is slated to make his return after a month-long absence, which will cut into Jordan Poole's minutes. After averaging nearly 25 minutes for the season, the rookie guard didn't play in Monday's loss to Memphis, a trend that should continue as he attempts to find his shot. 

Knicks: New York has had its share of turmoil over the last week, firing coach Fizdale after a 4-18 start. The news came weeks after Knicks executives Scott Perry and Steve Mills held a postgame press conference criticizing the coach over a roster they created. Julius Randle is averaging 16.7 points, but shooting just 44 percent from the field as a power forward. 

Officials: Eric Lewis (Crew Chief), Gediminas Petraitis, Lauren Holtkamp