When Jerry West speaks, you listen. The L.A. Lakers legend turned Golden State Warriors executive board member has seen it all in his time and is a picture of authority throughout the NBA.
His words mean a lot to players, especially those in the Bay, and the 78-year-old will really be hoping his comments on Draymond Green hit home for the power forward.
Green was arrested in East Lansing, Michigan last weekend after punching a Michigan State alumni at a restaurant and is set to face pre-trial on July 21.
Speaking KNBR 680, the one-time champion and All-Star expressed his disappointment at events and called on the forward to be more responsible.
"Obviously, it's very disappointing," he said. "He's made a great name for himself right now. And he needs to understand he has a greater responsibility. Not only to - forget the team - he needs a responsibility to himself. He needs not to put himself into these situations."
Draymond has been the heartbeat of the Warriors for the past two seasons. He has been second in Defensive Player of the Year to Kawhi Leonard twice. He was voted an All-Star for the first time in 2016, was second-team All-NBA, came top ten in MVP votes, and West admits he is a huge fan.
"If he's not my favorite player, I don't know who would be," he added. "But I just don't like to see him put himself in these kinds of situations. I don't. And I'm hopeful that with all the things that have gone in his life, as popular as he is, that this will be another way for him to be able to go out and show what kind of a player he is.
"And I think we all know that. But more importantly, to represent a different cause, and that's the United States of America, which is a great thrill for our players to represent a country, and more importantly, to win a gold medal."