Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors, once the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year, recently called himself the league’s best defender ever. He’ll get a chance to prove that claim in the NBA Finals starting Thursday night against the Toronto Raptors.
In the meantime, Green schooled the media at a news conference in Toronto Wednesday on how to be great ― at anything, really.
“As a competitor, if you’re trying to do something meaningful, if you don’t have the mindset that you are the best ever, you’ve failed already,” he said in the clip, shared by Bleacher Report below. “So if you don’t have the mindset that you are the best reporter ever, then you already failed.”
Green clearly has given the subject a lot of thought ― and seems to follow his own advice that believing in himself is crucial to his success.
“That has been my mindset since I can remember,” he added. “Before you can 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.”
Green has won three NBA titles with the Warriors, in 2015, 2017 and 2018. He was the first player in the franchise’s history to be named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year.