Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors is one of the best players in the NBA, and he hopes to continue to prove so in this year’s NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. While he didn’t enter the league with much fanfare as a second-round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft — despite a successful college career at Michigan State — Green worked his way to becoming a starter, then an All-Star, then an All-Defensive Team player and Defensive Player of the Year, and, finally, an integral piece of three NBA championship teams. To say he knows what it takes to be great is an understatement.
That doesn’t mean that Draymond Green is complacent and just going to sit around and stop working hard, though. It’s one reason why he’s picked up his play in the NBA Playoffs as bigger-named teammates like Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins were lost with injuries, forcing the versatile Green to do a number of different things to help his Warriors win. It’s that mentality that has helped he and his team become successful — and he briefly shared his mindset.
Talking to reporters prior to the NBA Finals, Draymond talked about his approach when tackling tasks, adding in his thoughts on how to become great at something. Here’s what Green had to say — which should definitely serve as encouraging words for all of us.
“As a competitor, if you’re trying to do something meaningful, if you don’t have the mindset that you are the best ever then you’ve failed already. So if you don’t have the mindset that you’re the best reporter ever then you already failed. And that has been my mindset since I can remember. That will be my mindset as long as I can remember anything – that I am the best ever at what I do. And every day that I step on the basketball floor I will strive to be that. But my mindset will be as such as I am the best to do what I do. And that will give me a shot at being the best.
“But before you can ever reach anything you have to believe it. You don’t just mistakenly become great at something. You probably at one time or another believed that you could be great at that. And then you worked to get great at that and you reached that greatness.
“But you don’t mistakenly become great and then you start to believe ‘Oh man, I’m great at that!’ No, you believed that before and you worked to get that. So I always believe that and I work every day to reach that.”
It’s not easy figuring out how to be successful at something, but Draymond Green at least gives some insight into the necessary mentality in order to push yourself to try it. Once you have that confidence in yourself, nothing can hold you back from reaching your full potential.
For those interested, here’s video of the motivation from Green, via USA Today’s Twitter.
— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) May 29, 2019
Good stuff from Draymond Green, whose advice could come in handy as his Golden State Warriors looks for their fourth NBA title in the past five years. It’s going to take that kind of mindset in order to accomplish it.