Even if he's always been a polarizing figure around the league, not even his biggest hater can argue Draymond Green's basketball IQ. He's one of the smartest players in the history of the NBA and his playmaking helped pave the way for the Golden State Warriors' dynasty.
Green doesn't need to score to make a huge impact on both ends of the floor. He's a versatile stopper and a former Defensive Player of the Year and a guy who can pull the strings of the offense despite playing the four.
However, given his controversial and outspoken nature, he's not much of a fan favorite among non-Warriors supporters, and that stance isn't likely to change given his latest comments on most hoops fans around the world.
Draymond Green Says Most People Will Never Understand Basketball
When asked about whether fans should give the same importance to defensive fundamentals like staying vertical or challenging someone at the rim, Green took a massive shot at them by claiming that they just don't understand the game and likely never will:
"That would require people to know the game of basketball, and most people don’t,” Draymond started. “Wishful thinking. Most people will never learn the game of basketball (...) They think they know, but yet don’t have a clue. So, it is what it is. I enjoy being one of the not-so-many people that actually know the game and being in that rare category of people who really know what’s going on in the game of basketball, as opposed to watching and thinking they can dissect because they realize who hit a shot," he said.
“In order to learn, you have to understand what you don’t know, and most people don’t understand that they don’t know sh*t, so they’re just f*cked (...) and that’s just what it would be. It’s like a drug addict. The first step to rehab is admitting that you’re a drug addict (...) When you have all these internet sensations thinking they know the game of basketball — they would then have to admit that they don’t know the game of basketball, and they’re not going to do that,” Green concluded.
Well, that's a bit of a pessimistic take, that's for sure, but that doesn't mean that he's off. A lot of people talk about the game on a superficial level rather than trying to understand and dig deeper about what's happening away from the ball as well.
At the end of the day, Green is entitled to his opinion and fans can agree with him or not. What no one can disagree with is that he's going to calling out people with his character and uncensored antics.