Can NBA champion step in to coach Auburn football in 2018?
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How many games would Auburn win if Draymond Green was the coach for the coming season?
@LShute13 are you still doing questions if he day? Because I have a lot of questions about Auburn football. Like how many games would Auburn win if Baemond was the coach for this coming season.
— Connor Riley (@Kconnorriley) May 29, 2018
AUBURN, Ala. — With the remaining questions of the day, I hope to do two things. First, provide some insight about Auburn football. Second, since circumstances have changed in recent weeks, have some fun.
Since it’s officially the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year, I’m tackling Connor Riley’s question.
There are several controversial players on both rosters, but probably none more than Golden State forward Draymond Green, the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2017 who has won two NBA titles with the Warriors. I personally am not a big NBA fan. I watch the occasional game, Christmas Day games and the games after the All-Star break. However, the Warriors and Cavs series the past few seasons have made me more interested in the league than probably ever before (and I grew up when the Los Angeles Lakers were good in Southern California).
Of all the talented stars on both rosters, Green is probably my favorite simply because he will do whatever he’s asked. I’m not a huge fan of the poor sportsmanship, but I am a fan of the stat lines, all-out defensive effort and extra passes.
During Game 7 of the Western Conference finals in Houston, two plays stood out to me more than any. The first was when Green got beat by the Rockets’ James Harden, but kept going to swat a massive block. The second was an extra pass he made to Steph Curry, which helped the Warriors hang on to their second half lead. I’ve always said if you’re playing pickup, Green is one of your first choices because he’s going to go all out whatever the circumstances.
There are a couple of reasons why Green might actually be a good fit to take over as Auburn football’s coach next season. The most important thing is that he’ll have Chip Lindsey, Kevin Steele and quarterback Jarrett Stidham at his disposal.
Green’s personality would make the SEC even more interesting. I’m not sure he has the ability to win big games in Athens or Tuscaloosa, but I’d watch every second. He also is a standout defender, which makes him a good fit for the Tigers. Remember all those videos of Auburn players and coaches dancing in meeting rooms? Green would be right there in the middle of it.
I’ve said and written before that players take on the personality of their coach. Leadership starts at the top, especially in the world of college football. Green might be a dramatic personality at times, and there’s no telling how Charles Barkley would feel about him being involved on the Plains, but a feisty competitor leading the way would never be a bad thing. In fact, it might even lead to double-digit wins.