Draymond Green greets Dr. Dre at the Golden State Warriors’ practice facility in Oakland on Tuesday. (Courtesy Sam Hustis/KNBR)

Draymond Green greets Dr. Dre at the Golden State Warriors’ practice facility in Oakland on Tuesday. (Courtesy Sam Hustis/KNBR)

Warriors welcome Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine for annual business and basketball meeting

OAKLAND — The Golden State Warriors aren’t easily starstruck. Why would they be when they regularly draw the biggest celebrities — Beyonce, Larry David and Dave Chappelle to name a few — to their games?

But at the team headquarters on Tuesday, they were greeted with a surprise that left even the most celebrated athletes with their mouths agape.

Music industry legends Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine were there to make this year’s basketball and business meeting a little bit more engaging than the typical salary-cap instructional meeting that the players’ union arranges annually.

“I’m pretty geeked up about that,” Draymond Green said. “We always have those meetings and they can get kind of boring and redundant. But I’m excited about this one.”

Director of Player Programs Jonnie West set up the meeting and the NBA approved it.

Head coach Steve Kerr was excited about the opportunity to get his players in front of successful businessmen who — among other things — sold the Beats Electronics headphone company to Apple in 2014 for $3 billion.

“Dre’s impact in music and in general in the black community — to go from music to one of the biggest CEOs we’ve seen — giving kids that hope, coming from Compton. It’s just showing there are ways out,” Green said. “It’s special.”

Green counts himself as a huge fan of Dr. Dre, calling The Chronic a top-three album of all time. But even with that high praise, he isn’t the biggest champion of the pair on the team. That would be Kevin Durant, who admitted to watching The Defiant Ones — an HBO documentary profiling Dre and Iovine — every day for a month-and-a-half straight.

“They have like the soundtrack to my life as a basketball player,” Durant told reporters in December.

The meeting was interactive and covered several nebulous topics. Green hoped it would cover how Dre and Iovine work together, despite having what Green deemed to be different upbringings. Dre was born in Compton and rose to affluence thanks to his music career while Iovine was a Brooklyn-bred college dropout who worked his way into the industry in the 1970s.

While describing what he learned, Green left a particularly fitting explanation for why he admired Dre so much.

“I think what a lot of people realize about Dre is — as good as The Chronic was, as good as some of the hits him and Snoop got together — some of his best work was behind the scenes,” Green explained. “That’s what makes him so special. Like, yeah he made great music by himself … but his ability to make others great, that’s what’s special.”

He then brought it back to how it could be applied to his profession.

“You look at guys in our sport and there’s a lot of guys who can get it themselves. There aren’t a lot of guys who can make others great,” Green said. “And that’s kind of where you see the transcendent talent when you can make everyone else around you better.”


Dr. DreDraymond GreenGolden State WarriorsNBASteve Kerr

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Students in an after-school community hub move quickly through a social circle as they play a game at the Mission YMCA on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Parents scramble for ‘Summer Together’ spaces

City program offering free camps sees high demand, confusion over enrollment

The San Francisco Giants celebrate team legend Willie Mays' 90th birthday before taking on the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park on May 7, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photography by Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
Willie Mays returns to the ballpark for a special birthday bash

Giants celebrate No. 24’s 90th in an intimate party for a few thousand friends

The Port of San Francisco, which controls much of the The City’s waterfront, faces potential layoffs due to a financial crisis caused by the pandemic. 
Steven Ho/
Special to S.F. Examiner
In a financial ‘crisis,’ SF Port officials lobby for stimulus funding

Looking to right their financial ship, Port of San Francisco officials are… Continue reading

Police Chief Bill Scott on Wednesday said a rebranding and reoganization of the former Gang Task Force amounts to “more than just the name change.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Faced with surge in shootings, Chief Scott reenvisions SFPD’s Gang Task Force

New Community Violence Reduction Team adds officers with community-policing experience

San Francisco Symphony Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen and members of the orchestra were thrilled to be back inside Davies Symphony Hall on May 6 in a program for first responders featuring string works by Jean Sibelius, George Walker, Carl Nielsen, Caroline Shaw and Edward Grieg. (Courtesy Stefan Cohen/San Francisco Symphony)
SF Symphony makes joyful return to Davies Hall

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts program for first responders and community leaders

Most Read