Draymond Green's astronomical rise in the NBA will reach a pinnacle on Sunday when he takes to the court for the 65th All-Star game, in Toronto.
A second round draft pick in 2012, Green has time and again proved his doubters wrong; winning a championship ring last year and becoming a central component of the Golden State Warriors' run at the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls regular season record.
The 25-year-old was arguably the biggest snub from fan voting as he missed out on a place in the starting five, but was voted a Western Conference reserve by coaches.
With his first All-Star appearance approaching, Green said it was a very special moment to be playing under one of the greatest coaches of all time; Gregg Popovich.
Five-time Championship winning coach, Pop, will be taking charge of his fourth All-Star game, and Green is looking forward to the experience of playing for him.
He said: "It is very special. Pop, this is his fourth or fifth All-Star game and to play under him is special.
"He has won a lot of Championships, is one of the most respected coaches in the league and pro sports, period. So to play under him will definitely be special and I'm looking forward to it."
The expectations are that Green, Stephen Curry, and Co. will face off against Popovich and his San Antonio Spurs team in the Western Conference Finals; a matchup that fans around the world are hoping to see.
But for now, Green can take in his first experience of Popovich up close and personal, and it seems he is loving every minute.