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LOS ANGELES -- Love him or hate him, Draymond Green has cemented himself as one of the most entertaining, polarizing and outspoken figures in the NBA. Cedrick Wilson Jr. Jersey .Green, the Golden State Warriors unquestioned emotional leader, says exactly whats on his mind. Hes boisterous, forthright and unapologetic. And he learned it from his mother, Mary Babers-Green.My mom. Growing up with her, she always taught us to say whatever. Like, You think something, say it. Dont bite your tongue for people, Green told ESPN in an exclusive sitdown interview. I think theres a fine line with that, but at the same time Im a firm believer in speaking your mind. Part of it is definitely the way I was raised, but part of it is, s---, I grew up in Saginaw, Michigan. No matter what, s---, if you didnt speak up, you were going to get ran over.Just this season alone, Green has delivered some strong statements, calling out Paul Pierce, criticizing Boston Celtics fans for booing Kevin Durant, issuing a warning to teams not to give the ball to the player hes guarding with the game on the line, and most recently suggesting the league office enroll in kinesiology courses in order to properly assess where his feet should land.For Greens standards, such comments are merely considered a normal day in the basketball office. He said one of the reasons his quotes are dissected more than those of his peers is due to his candidness.Its genuine, Green stated. I think when you look around this league, so much is scripted. And not scripted in a sense that the league is scripted, but when guys talk, its like, Say this. Yeah, come out and say that. Like, nah, Im not doing that. Im going to say whats on my mind. Im going to say whats on my heart. Its just genuine speaking. I think a lot of stuff around this league, youre coached up to say this or somebody told you to say that.Weve got great P.R. people and I think they do an amazing job. Theyve never told me anything wrong; nonetheless, I like having my own voice. I know anytime I say something when Im going to face heat, but Im willing to face that heat. Its not like Im going to run from it. I dont run from anything.But, as the leader of the team, he has learned to walk carefully at times.I think being in this position that Im in, you cant necessarily say everything you want to say.The thought of Green as someone who holds back is mighty difficult to believe.Nah, trust me. Trust me. Theres a lot that I hold back, Green reiterated with a big grin. Most of the time, its just for the betterment of my team. I think in certain situations, especially when youre in a team sport, sometimes you have to take into consideration what others can handle. Its not necessarily what you can handle. And I know some of the stuff I would say, the things that it would bring and it would probably be a distraction, so I stay away from it. I definitely hold back quite a bit.If Green says something that goes viral, he will frequently seek the opinion and counsel of Warriors general manager Bob Myers.The two have formed a unique, tight-knit bond.Bob is like a life coach, Green said. Sometimes I will say something and Bob will be like, Yeah, but think about it like this. And Ill be like, Damn, thats right, Bob. All right, you made me look at something from a different perspective.Hell call me with suggestions, Myers told ESPN, and hell ask what I think, but its a relationship with good reciprocation. Ill ask him hows the team doing or what direction do you think were going in. Is it good or bad? When he says the things he says, hes obviously in the media to a degree because of our team and who he is that allows him to have a position to say whats on his mind. And most of the time hes great. Ill just ask him why he says certain things and what hes hoping to accomplish. And if he does say something [controversial], he doesnt say a ton that I dont like, but Ill ask him did he think about what that might sound like to other people.But the biggest compliment it pays me is I think he listens. They dont have to listen. Just because Im a GM, that doesnt mean they listen to you. A title is fine, but if thats all it is youre not going to get through to a player in my opinion.When asked if hed like to have back any of the controversial comments from this season, Green just began to laugh.Not really, he replied after a pause. I think theres been a few things that Ive kind of looked at from a different perspective, but it was still absolutely what I meant to say and I still feel that way.Greens bravado might make people feel uneasy, but its a trait Myers loves about him.A lot of people walk in the room and you dont know if theyre there or not. You know when Draymond is in the room and when hes not, Myers said and that to me is a compliment.Anderson Varejao played seven seasons in Cleveland with one the leagues most opinionated players in LeBron James. The Warriors reserve center gave his thoughts on what Green brings to the table.Hes the most vocal guy in this locker room, Varejao said. It feels like when were playing a tough game out there, it feels like he always knows what to say. Everything starts with him, especially our defense. He gets everybody going. Hes a guy that everybody respects a lot and I respect him even more since coming over here and seeing how hard he works.Added Myers: I tell him thats my favorite quality in you is that you cant stand losing. But theres character flaws that come with that. I think the most competitive people in life dont love to win, they hate to lose. And people that hate to lose sometimes can rub people the wrong way. Kobe Bryant, I think he hated to lose a ton more than he loved to win. So we talk about that and whats the best way to go about that. But thats Draymond. He makes you want to win, he makes you want to be better. Cowboys Stitched Jerseys . Meanwhile, there were huge victories for Sunderland and West Ham over fellow relegation rivals, leaving the battle to avoid the drop up for grabs with the bottom 11 teams separated by just six points. 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