Kerr: One Player Has Helped Make Draymond ‘easy' to Handle This Year

According to Steve Kerr, David West has had a big influence on Draymond Green.

On Tuesday, the Warriors' head coach joined Bill Simmons' podcast and opened up about West's impact.

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"I think David, in particular, has been great for Draymond," Kerr said. "Draymond has so much respect for David. David could run for office. And actually that's probably the wrong analogy. David probably wouldn't go into politics because of all the BS that's in politics. David is a tremendous human being. Incredibly smart. Genuinely wants to help.

"So he can't go into politics. He's got to go somewhere else. He could be like the greatest community leader, he can do anything he wants. He is smart as a whip, he's tough, he's fair. He could be an incredible coach. He's intellectual, he follows politics, he follows history - he doesn't mince his words, but he's not a blowhard. He listens.

"I mean this guy has been fantastic for our team."

Kerr's rave reviews on West came after Simmons asked Kerr if Draymond is more difficult to handle than all of Kerr's kids combined.

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But the two-time runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year has been easy to deal with this season, according to Kerr.

"Draymond is, first of all, somebody's who's extremely motivated to get better," Kerr explained. "And he talked over the summer about (how) he wanted to take the next step as a player (and) as a person, and that meant kind of reining himself in. He's become much more of a partner in coaching this team this year.

"The rest of the guys have all been that way for the last couple years. Andre's a coach on the floor. Shaun Livingston, very stoic and smart. Draymond has always been the engine, the emotional guy who could get a little out of control...

"He's in a much better place. He's grown a lot."

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