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Warriors’ Steve Kerr, Draymond Green getting along better than ever

WarriorsWire logo WarriorsWire 5/26/2019 Luke Straub
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The relationship between Warriors coach Steve Kerr and forward Draymond Green has been essential to Golden State's winning ways. But it hasn't lacked creative friction over the years.

There was the time in 2016 when Green was reported to have lost his cool in the locker room at halftime against Oklahoma City, yelling at Kerr: "I am not a robot!"

Even this season, Kerr couldn't hide his frustration in regards to Green's demeanor on the court during a home loss to the Suns. After it appeared Kerr said he was "tired of Draymond," the coach used his sarcastic style of humor to diffuse the situation.

Kerr recently acknowledged the friction between himself and Green, but said the two are getting along better than ever. Here's what Kerr told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock about dealing with the talented but explosive Draymond Green:

Over the years, we've had some knockdown, drag-out near fights because he's got a brilliant basketball mind, and he doesn't always agree with something I've said.

He needed to know that I wasn't afraid to coach him, and I needed to know that he would respond to me, and after every argument and after every fight we'd get into, there was always a mutual respect and a sort of meeting of the minds and we'd figure it out, and it works.

I don't think we've got into a single screaming match this year. It's got to be a record. We've become collaborators more than before. We used to butt heads. It was productive but now we collaborate.

The Warriors need to be on the same page as they prepare to face the Raptors in the NBA Finals. Golden State won't have to face LeBron James, arguably the best player in the NBA like it has the last four seasons. But the Raptors feature former NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and further playoff experience with Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol.

Kerr, Green and the rest of the Warriors have about seen it all during their dynastic run, however. The collective basketball minds of Green, his coach and coaching staff, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Kevin Durant will know how to focus on the task at hand, regardless of what unique challenges may arise - even if that includes Kerr and Green quarreling like they have in the past.

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