Gregg Popovich gave Draymond Green some heartwarming advice

Before Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game, Gregg Popovich delivered some touching words of wisdom to Warriors forward Draymond Green.
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Before Sunday’s NBA All–Star Game, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich delivered some touching words of wisdom to Warriors forward Draymond Green.

The 67-year-old Popovich, who began his career at Air Force and Pomona-Pitzer College, channeled Drake to place their appearances at the All–Star Game in broader perspective. 

Here’s what Green says Popovich told him, according to

“I was the first one (from the West) announced,” Green said, “and I was standing next to him (Popovich), and coach said, ‘Man, did you hear what Drake just said? He said this is the game with the 24 best players in the world. You’re one of those guys. Embrace it all, because you never would have thought that when you were at Michigan State, and I never would have thought that when I was coaching Division II, but we’re here.’”

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This year marked Green's first appearance in the NBA All–Star Game. 

A 6'7" power forward, Green was an early second-round pick of Golden State back in 2012. He has steadily increased his production in each of his four NBA seasons, and in 51 games this season, he has averaged 14.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 7.2 assists. 

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