Draymond Green: I have rediscovered my love and joy for the game

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Draymond Green: I have rediscovered my love and joy for the game

Golden State Warriors big man Draymond Green says he has found the love for the game again after two up-and-down seasons. On Sunday, the Warriors beat the Toronto Raptors 119-104 to improve to a 15-2 record. Green's defense has played a major part in the Warriors' strong start to the season.

"I've just kind of found that love again," Green said following the 119-104 victory. "Kind of go through a lot of s--- and the love kind of wanes a little bit. But I've just found that love and joy for the game and I'm just enjoying playing basketball and controlling what I can control.

A point of emphasis for myself this year was simply to control what I could control. That means on the court, that means with the referees, that means off the floor -- that's just a step in my life and I think it shows on the basketball court."

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"My son is getting older, my oldest daughter -- she's 7 now -- they kind of get on my ass if we lose," Green said. "So that's motivation. And I think for me also, I've been s--- the last couple years, so my kids don't really understand how good I am.

And I want them to see how good I am so they'll have an understanding. And so that is motivation for me. When I was playing at the top of my level, which I'm getting back to that now, they were like 3 and 1, so that is motivating for me to play well in front of them so they have an understanding of what I do.

"And most importantly I want to win, I want to be a Defensive Player of the Year again, and I want to be an All-Star again. And that is motivating me because a lot of people had counted me out. Same mistake people made before when I first came into the league -- but a lot of people doubted me, and doubted me again.

And that's fuel to the fire." Warriors head coach Steve Kerr droped a major praise on Green, calling his big man as the "best defender in the world." "I think Draymond Green is the best defender in the world," coach Kerr said.

"I think he's had just an unbelievable start to the season. He's so motivated. He's so engaged every single night."