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."