Starting 5ive: The Draymond Green Show

Watching Draymond Green play is like watching an episode of The Walking Dead: it’s highly addictive and entertaining. It could also go on forever.

If you don’t know what The Walking Dead is, here are some things you should know about it:

  • zombies
  • it’s a show entering its eighth season
  • Episode 1 of Season 8 will be the series’ 100th episode
  • zombies
  • it’s based on a comic book about the zombie apocalypse, which is still ongoing
  • zombie kill count is in the thousands

If you don’t know who Draymond Green is, here are some things you should know about him:

  • he is entering his sixth season in the NBA
  • in this short span, he was part of the champion team twice and made First Team All-Defense thrice
  • you need him on your side because he can do everything (five triple-doubles in the 2016-2017 season)
  • he doesn’t score much; he can, but he’s teammates with Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson
  • he likes to talk (14 technical fouls in the 2016-2017 season)
  • he rocks with Floyd Mayweather

First, a confession: I’ve stopped watching both The Walking Dead and The Draymond Green Show. Not because I’m no longer a fan of both (who’s not a fan of zombie head shots and triple doubles?). I’ve looked the other way because it feels like they’ve ran out of surprises. We already got the story: The Walking Dead cast will be killed off one by one; Draymond, a second round draft pick, will continue hustling to keep the top spot.

Draymond, like the best shows, uses a simple formula for success: work hard and make the correct play. This style breeds consistency. It results to less exciting cameos in Top 5 plays and more relevant appearances in the Finals. It also produces stats for the fantasy geeks and, more importantly, wins in the real world.

But every now and then, controversy will emerge, turmoil will arise, episodes will be scrutinized, memes will go viral, private parts will be kicked, and that’s when I tune back in. Because that’s when you see how they become great.

Seven seasons in for the zombie-killing crew and five seasons in for Draymond, both have managed to rise above hate and failure. That’s how heroes react.

In case you missed out on episodes of The Draymond Green Show, here are five highlights. (For highlights of The Walking Dead, go elsewhere.)

WORK IN THE SUMMER

DRAYMOND DENIES

10A-12R-10S

CLUTCH 3

FREEZE FRAME

Draymond Green will keep on hustling with the Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit, available in the “White Metallic” and “Pale Grey” colorways beginning August 3 at select Nike and Titan stores.

 

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[Photo from Nike; videos from NBA YouTube channel]

About the author

Jon Carlos Rodriguez

Jon Carlos Rodriguez is a New York Knicks fan, and a Barangay Ginebra resident. He tries to write like Ticzon and shoot 3s like Bukowski.

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