Draymond Green was influential in getting Kevin Durant to join the Warriors.
His relentless efforts paid off.
"I recruited KD really really hard," Draymond recently told Conan O'Brien. "And it was like the equivalent of a college coach trying to get a Top 5 recruit, although I would’ve broke every NCAA rule there was, because I called him a million times. I text him a million and one times.
"And I tried to show up wherever he was every chance I got."
O'Brien's response: "That sounds creepy," which was met with laughter from the studio audience.
Shortly before 9am PT on July 4, Durant announced that he would sign with the Warriors.
"When I found out he was coming, I came back to my senses, and I said, 'I wonder if he respects me as a man now, the way I just blew his phone up,'" Draymond joked. "He had to have a girlfriend who got on his nerves worse than that before.
"So, I questioned myself."
As The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported, the Warriors recruited Durant from the beginning of the 2015-16 season, and kept at it all year long.
"I talked to Draymond Green earlier in the year," Wojnarowski said on a podcast in late June. "We were talking hypothetically about a big free agent. Hey listen -- what player there (in Golden State) would have more to lose if you were looking at it from a selfish point of view, than Draymond Green? He's the third guy, he's still an All-Star. Well, he'll become the fourth guy with Kevin Durant.
"Are you gonna take four All-Stars from Golden State? If Kevin Durant comes, does Draymond Green remain an All-Star? Maybe he does, but maybe not. Would there be less offense for Draymond? Yeah, there's gonna be less offense for everybody.
"Yet Draymond has been as adamant as anybody, 'If we can get Kevin Durant, let's get Kevin Durant, because you know why? We will win.'"