AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Golden State Warriors all-star forward Draymond Green wasn’t able to witness the birth of his first son in person.
Green said he got the call at 4:30 a.m. that his longtime girlfriend Jelissa Hardy’s water broke. The problem was that Hardy was in the Bay Area and Green was across the country as the Dubs prepared to play the Brooklyn Nets.
“I tried to get out of New York as fast as I could and the baby came out before I even took off,” he said. “But thank god for technology. I saw the entire thing on FaceTime and was able to get there, spend the entire day with them yesterday.”
The moment was exciting, to say the least.
“I was sitting on the plane yelling,” Green revealed. “People thought I was crazy but it was a surreal experience. I can only imagine how it is to be there in person. You just watched this whole baby come out of nowhere. It’s pretty amazing.”
The flight attendant checked on Green after the outburst and he apologized but had to explain he was going through a moment.
Green said the experience gave him a new perspective.
“I like to debate, so you always hear women say, ‘Y’all weak.’ [And I’d respond,] ‘Listen, you cannot say you’re stronger than a man.’ After that? I don’t know if i can even argue for a man anymore at this point,” Green said.
He rejoined the Warriors before their game against the Detroit Pistons on Friday, despite the wishes of his bosses: Owner Joe Lacob, general manager Bob Myers and head coach Steve Kerr.
But the decision was ultimately his, and he had little interest in missing a game as he pointed out several of his teammates have children as well.
“I just feel like it would be really selfish of me to stay away and the baby is born and everybody’s healthy,” he said. “It’s time to get back to work.”