Draymond Green says Tom Izu is more “hungry” than ever

EAST LANSING – Draymond Green’s relationship with Tom Izzo spans over 15 years. And the former Michigan Star and four-time NBA World Champion is definitely big stuff in store for MSU basketball again.

It’s because of the atmosphere his former coach has.

“I think he’s as hungry as he’s been since I’ve been here,” Green said of Izu on Friday, during a press conference before Greene entered the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Big things aren’t new for Izzo, who has a national championship, eight Final Four entries and 10 regular season titles in the Big Ten in a career that has already earned him a place in the Basketball Hall of Fame. But the past two seasons haven’t lived up to his normal standards. MSU has ranked eighth and seventh in a row in the Big Ten in the past two seasons and hasn’t made it past its first weekend of the NCAA Championship since its last appearance in the Final Four in 2019.

Green said that even legends experience ebb and flow.

“I think we all go through those times when you might lose a little bit of that fire, along the way, on your way to greatness,” Green said. “Sometimes you can lose a little of that fire. But the real ones get it back. That’s the test.”

Green knows the feeling.

After five fantastic years from 2015 to 2019, during which Green’s Golden State won three NBA titles and reached the Finals throughout the five years, the next two seasons were forgotten. decimated by injuries, the Warriors went 15-50 in 2019-20 and 39-33 in 2020-21. But the team made a comeback last season, finishing with the NBA Championship for the fourth time in Greene’s 10 years as a professional.

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