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NBA player Draymond Green returns home to give back

NBA player Draymond Green returns home to give back

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SAGINAW (WJRT) - (08/09/14) - It's not everyday you get to learn basketball techniques from an NBA player, but kids in Saginaw had the opportunity Saturday, thanks to Golden State Warrior and former Michigan State Spartan Draymond Green.

On the court, Saginaw High School kids learned to shot for the stars and aim for their dreams. Green it is not just about dribbling balls and making baskets.

"I started here too, and I had a dream since I was little boy to play in the NBA and it all started in Saginaw, Michigan," he said.

The man - who beat the odds stood out as a Trojan at Saginaw High, soared high as a MSU Spartan and reached his goal to play professionally - is hoping to inspire the youth through his story.

"It's not impossible," he told the kids.

It's his way to give back, a lesson he learned from the "greats" who came before him.

"One thing I told myself is that when I make it to the NBA, I want to go back. I want to have the impact that a Mateen Cleaves had on me. I want to have the impact that Jason Richardson had on me," Green said.

To drive home the point that all things are possible, Green called on a few friends - fellow athletes and current Spartans who've all made a name for themselves on the court - like Bay City Western's former star Matt Costello, who identifies with Green's vision for the kids.

"Putting on something like this you can identify with the person that has been successful, and that can drive you, because you're like I'm from the situation and you're he made it so why can't I," Costello said.

As they young athletes fine tune their hoop skills,  Green is hopeful they'll sharpen their outlook on life.

"So many times we get caught up in the negative and not look at the positive," Green said. "Just trying to give the kids something to do, and show them that when you get to that point, when you make it, you come back to give back as well."
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