Green credits Kerr for tact following '16 blowup: 'He figured me out'

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Draymond Green hasn't always gotten along with Steve Kerr, but the outspoken big man credits his Golden State Warriors head coach for de-escalating tensions following one of their most notable run-ins.

After a tough opening half against the Oklahoma City Thunder in February 2016, Green launched into an expletive-laden tirade in the locker room. According to the former Defensive Player of the Year, his coach picked the perfect time to hold his tongue.

"I was at a point where I'm like, 'If (Kerr) say one more thing to me I'm about to f------ lose it on him,'" Green explained on Thursday's episode of Showtime's "All The Smoke." "He didn't say nothing. I was dying for him to say something so I could f------ go crazy."

Instead, Green recalled, Kerr followed up with a four-page written letter.

"To this day, I can't tell you what the letter said," Green continued. "I read the first f------ line, and it said, 'Draymond, I wanted to write you this letter. I know things are rough right now, and we're kind of bumping heads right now, and we're at a standstill, and you’re frustrated, and it's starting to boil over.'"

Apparently, that's all Green needed to know that Kerr understood how to account for his fiery tendencies.

"I opened the letter. I read the first line. I just threw it away. I can't tell you what the rest of it said," he added. "But it was just cool, because I'm like, 'Damn, he figured me out,' and he knew I was ready to f------ lose it. He didn’t say a f------ word.

"F------ chess move, bro. He f------ wrote me a letter. I can't argue with a letter."

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Green credits Kerr for tact following '16 blowup: 'He figured me out'
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