Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala reveal who they coach
While it may be hard to believe for some, this Golden State Warriors team is actually only two years away from making five consecutive NBA Finals appearances. While this team is undeniably different from that of the Dynasty Warriors, it is also true that the front office did a remarkable job in keeping their core intact, despite all the trials and tribulations they faced over the past two years. last seasons.
Guys like Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will always make the headlines, but perhaps just as important to the unique core of this team are Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala. At 31 and 37 respectively, it’s no secret that Dray and Dre are already in the twilight of their respective careers (with Iguodala in particular already knocking on the retirement door).
At this point, both veterans have been through pretty much everything in the league. Right now, for them, it’s about giving back to their younger teammates. During a recent episode of Draymond’s Green Show, the pair began an in-depth discussion about mentoring their team’s most junior players. Both men clearly feel it is their duty to do the same.
For his part, Green has set his sights on highly touted Golden State rookie Jonathan Kuminga. The 19-year-old hasn’t made a significant impact on the Dubs yet, but we’ve certainly seen flashes of brilliance from him. Green provided a very interesting perspective on how he took Kuminga under his wing. It turns out that Green doesn’t consider his teenage teammate his friend:
âI’m trying to take it upon myself to figure out how to run it,â Green said of Kuminga (h / t Taylor Wirth of NBC Sports). âOne of the things for me that I understand is that Jonathan Kuminga is not really a peer of mine, he is 12 years younger than me. I’m 31, he’s 19, he’s not really my peer. One of the things I have tried to do is see him more as my child than my brother. Or a younger brother, than a brother I grew up hanging out with. See it more from that angle than from the one I would see you in. The way I would tell you something, I probably can’t tell him, because I wouldn’t say it to (Draymond’s son) DJ.
âItâs an adjustment for me because here Iâm 31 years old now. The last two years we’ve suckedâ¦ bad. Instead of leading guys to where they need to go in their careers, you’re just trying to teach them how to win games. Losing is miserable, and there are certainly things that get lost in it. I’m starting to figure this out with JK and I’m really trying to teach him everything I can to see him have the success he should have. Then you have a young man like Moses [Moody] who is one of those old souls. The temperament is different, it’s like he’s been in the league forever, he moves a little differently. The contrast is there.
Andre Iguodala, meanwhile, decided to take a different approach. The Warriors star revealed that it was Jordan Poole who he watched as a young protege simply because of the similarities they have:
âJordan Poole was one of my favorite guys,â Iguodala said. âHe’s an emotional player, and I was an emotional player. So sometimes I have to put myself in his shoes. He wants to win and he tries to cope and sometimes you can tell him something and he may not react the right way. I have to look at myself at 22 (years old), I reacted the same way. I was like ‘okay, put yourself in his shoes’.
“I try to do it more than any other time, just seeing it from my point of view and trying to see it from his point of view and saying ‘okay, how would I like to ( my teammates) help me in these situations. Patience is a big part of it, but over time you realize that you feel really good around them. Like, ‘no brother, I really love you and you really are my man for life now.’ Once you’ve crossed that barrier, they’re open to any kind of constructive criticism. “
For Iguodala, it’s a question of timing. He draws from his own personal experience here that when it comes to criticism, there is always a right time and place to do it. This is a very sensitive issue that can lead to misunderstanding between teammates if not handled properly. From what he’s saying here, it seems Iguodala is well aware of the intricacies involved in being a good mentor.
In truth, Kuminga and Poole may consider themselves extremely lucky to have learned from two all-time greats. This is just one of the perks of being on the Warriors. Winning is good too, just like winning an NBA championship, hopefully.