Kerr gives bold prediction for Draymond’s broadcasting career originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Draymond Green isn’t retiring from the NBA any time soon. But when the Warriors star decides to move on to the next chapter of his life, the expectation is that he’ll be a star TV analyst.
“He’s a natural. Whenever he wants, he’ll be a network analyst, and he’ll do it for as long as he wants,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said this week on the “Jemele Hill is Unbothered” podcast. “He’s just really good.
“He knows the game. He’s one of the smartest players I’ve ever been around, and he can talk. So, pretty good combination.”
When Hill said Draymond is the first player she believes can be better on TV than Charles Barkley is, Kerr continued with the praise.
“He’s got it, right? He’s just got it,” Kerr said. “Charles, as great of a player as he was — and he was one of the all-time greats — he’s arguably a better broadcaster than a player.
“And Draymond — Defensive Player of the Year, multiple-time champion, All-Star — he has a chance to be a better broadcaster than player. And that’s really saying something.
“That combination of game awareness, wit and presence — it’s very rare.”
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Draymond said last week that he tries to emulate a certain NFL analyst when he makes guest appearances on TNT.
“Similar to Tony Romo, I want to give the world insight on what is actually going on out there on the court, as opposed to people thinking they know what’s going on,” he told Marc Stein of The New York Times.
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But for now, the Warriors just want to see the 30-year-old bounce back from a frustrating 2019-20 campaign and become an All-Star again. If that happens, Golden State should be a title contender.
“It’s honestly been dope as hell these last two All-Stars to go on vacation with my kids and my fiancée,” Draymond said back in April. “But I got that itch again. I got to three straight, and I’m like, ‘Yeah, all right. I knew I could do it.’
“I kind of lost that itch. … I got that itch again. I want to get back there.”
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