Green’s Will to Win Leading Michigan State
(Lou) Dawkins expected no less. He had known (Draymond) Green forever – to everyone in Saginaw, Mich., he was just “Day Day,” the chubby kid who could hoop – and only one thing exceeded his stubbornness.
“There’s always been that fire and drive to win, no matter where it was,” Green said. “A lot of people don’t take AAU serious. Whenever I’m playing, where there’s a win or loss involved, I want to win.
“We weren’t going to stop. He figured that out when he picked us back up. It was just that will to win. I don’t think it’ll ever go anywhere.”
It certainly hasn’t abated yet. More than anyone in this season’s NCAA tournament, Green defines his team. Whatever Michigan State lacks in talent, it makes up for in toughness and intelligence, intangibles to which Green lends tangibility. He is, in coach Tom Izzo’s words, “the perfect Spartan,” and the first week of the tournament did nothing to dispel such an assertion.