Draymond Green’s mother, Mary Babers-Green, traveled from Saginaw, Mich. to attend the Warriors’ home games against Memphis.
“She’s hilarious,” Green said.
Babers-Green was just that while recently telling some childhood stories about her talkative son, some of which appear in this feature story on how he has emerged into a media darling.
Here are some others:
– Green at age 2 was riding a bike without training wheels. “Draymond was one of those little kids that could do anything…He didn’t want help with anything.” One time at age four, Green and his brother rode their bikes to the store. Green got what he wanted, and then hilarity apparently ensued. “You don’t know who I am?” Green asked. “I’m Draymond Green!” As Babers-Green told it to Joe Rexrode in the Lansing State Journal, the storekeeper who stopped him was laughing so hard he let Green keep the chips and juice.
— Green at age four was also good over the phone. One time he called into work for his stepfather and yelled, “Hi, this is Draymond Green, calling in for Raymond Green!”
— Green talked so much that his brother and sister would tie his legs up into a pretzel and also called him a “little snitch.” Babers-Green recalled Green being so young at the time that he couldn’t say it quite right and said his siblings were calling him a “little switch.”
— All that talking from Green apparently made it tough for him to make friends at first. “Draymond had no friends because he ran them all away. No one wanted to play with him,” Babers-Green said. “Draymond was going to rattle ‘em.” Babers-Green had no problem with all the talking and in fact encouraged it and noted that like Warriors coach Steve Kerr does, he was allowed to argue his points. “I never looked at him like he was doing something wrong.”
— Green originally committed to Tubby Smith at Kentucky, but Babers-Green said there was no way she would have ever let him go to school there. She had encouraged her son to be opinionated all his life with her and go at her as long as it didn’t get respectful, and the college decision ended up being a huge debate. “We went at it when he committed to Kentucky,” Babers-Green said. “We. Went. At. It. He was like, ‘I’m going. Yes I am.’ We went rounds about it.” On a visit to Kentucky while sitting with the Big Blue Nation, Babers-Green said he could sense with a gut feeling that her son didn’t fit there and that it wasn’t for him. As it turned out, Smith resigned and Green ended up at Michigan State.