Does Draymond Green have a good relationship with Steve Kerr?
Are people overblowing the idea there may be acrimony between the two? The Warriors' power forward addressed that issue on Wednedsay evening.
"I don't really get into whether someone is overblowing something or not because at the end of the day I think their opinion is their opinion. And there's not much you can really do with their opinion," Draymond told 95.7 The Game's Damon Bruce. "One thing I've learned over the course of the last couple years is people are very opinionated, and their opinion is their opinion and there's not much you can really do to change their opinion.
"So I don't even try to change people's opinion. I don't refute stories anymore, I don't try to tell my side of the story because at the end of the day it really doesn't matter ... I know what our relationship is, Coach Kerr knows what our relationship is, this organization and team knows what our relationship is and that's good enough for me. That's all that really matters at the end of the day ... everything else is irrelevant to me. That's how I look at it, that's how I roll with it, and just keep it moving."
A recent article by ESPN's Ethan Sherwood Strauss (Draymond declined comment for the story) detailed the relationship between Green and Kerr, highlighting the moment at the Warriors' 2015 championship parade when Draymond put his arm around Kerr and said the following:
"This my guy. From the start of training camp, he hated me. That's no lie. He probably still hates me. That's no lie. But we going to keep winning these championships -- and that's no lie."
The feature also sheds light on the confrontation the two had in the Warriors' locker room in Oklahoma City last February.
Despite any possible lingering friction, at his Coach of the Year press conference in April, Kerr delivered the following message to the team's "heartbeat."
"Draymond -- don't ever change, if you're watching this," Kerr started. "Keep yelling at me, I'm gonna keep yelling at you. It's the best. He provides the edge that this team needs. Without Draymond, we'd be in trouble. We would be too quiet, and too nice.
"We need that edge. And when he brings it every day, and we have all that emotion, and that fire, it literally ignites the team."
So everything is good between the two?
"For those who want to know, our relationship is pretty, pretty ... I can't even use the word I wanted to use ... really good," Draymond answered. "We talk every day. We talk about things basketball wise, life, families. So it's good. But like I said, I don't really care what someone else thinks about it."
In case you missed it, the Warriors' season opener did not go well.
Final score: San Antonio 129, Golden State 100.
"That was a rough one," Warriors GM Bob Myers said on 95.7 The Game on Wednesday afternoon. "It's hard to evaluate. And I don't want to be critical of the players -- we're all part of it -- but I think effort stands out. I think we were out-competed a little bit. I don't think anybody is gonna run from that statement.
"As you watch any sports event, there are plays that shift the momentum of a game, where it seemed like we were trying to get back in it. And every time we would, they would hit a shot to kind of break our back again, or we would turn it over or there would be a rebound we didn't grab. Some of it is effort, some of it's being ready to play, and then some of it's the Spurs.
"They're good. They don't beat themselves. They never have. You have to beat them ... they earned it, we didn't. And if you wanted a wakeup call, that is about as good of a one as you can get."
The Spurs won the rebounding battle 55-35. They turned 21 offensive rebounds into 26 second-chance points.
San Antonio won the turnover battle (13 to 16), scored more fast break points (24 to 20) and shot eight more free throws (26 to 18) than the Warriors.
Golden State certainly did not look like the overwhelming favorite to win the title, but Myers understands that the team is a work in progress.
"This is the analogy that I think fits the best for me -- may not fit for you guys or the players -- you spend the last 9-10 months trying to climb a mountain, and you're there. You can see it. And you're at the summit, and you can actually see the pole; you can see the flag. And then someone tells you you gotta go back down. And you say, 'Come on, man. It's right there. Can't I just take these last few steps?' And they say it's closed, you gotta go home.
"So we walk down, you spend the whole offseason and you're off that mountain. And now somebody says, 'All right. Let's go.' Those first few steps, sometimes you're not looking at the feet in front of you. You're looking at the top of the mountain and you're thinking, 'Man. I gotta get all the way back up there.' You can't do it that way. You can't look at the top. You have to look at one foot in front of the other.
"And I think some of that will have to be overcome by us -- a team that went to the Finals two years in a row -- recognizing that this is the NBA; you have to play hard; every game does matter; you have to get better. But I think that game last night -- I hope, I think -- reminded our players of that. You can't talk about the playoffs right now. You gotta talk about the regular season. You gotta talk about Friday night in New Orleans."