Steve Kerr: If Draymond Green’s not back, we’re not championship contender


Amid uncertain future situation, Draymond Green has full support of the Warriors head coach Steve Kerr who praised the player during the end of season press conference.

Green has to decide whether to opt in into his player option for next season or to opt out and become an unrestricted free agent. The four-time NBA champion has said on numerous occasions that he wants to say at Golden Sate.

Reportedly, the team is also interested in retaining the 33-year-old player. Kerr is definitely one of the his biggest supporters. According to the coach, without Green, the Dubs are not longer championship contenders.

“If Draymond’s not back, we’re not a championship contender. We know that,” Kerr said. “He’s that important to winning and to who we are. So I absolutely want him back.

“He’s a competitor. He’s an incredible defensive player. We can check all those boxes. And he and I have built a really special relationship that has run the gamut over the years. We’ve had our share of run-ins but we’ve been through so much we really care about each other and work together well. He knows he had a great season this year from a basketball perspective.

“He also knows that he also compromised things by what happened back in October. So part of him coming back next year has to be about rebuilding some of that trust and respect that he’s earned here for a long period of time.

“One thing I love about Draymond is he’s always brutally honest and he can take that sort of critique because he knows it’s the truth. So I want him back, I think we all want him back. Hopefully that’s exactly what happens and we get ready to make another run next year.”

This past season Green averaged 8.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.8 assists in 31.5 minutes per game.

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