Draymond Green struggled to cope with the fame and attention that comes with being considered for national awards.

“When you hear about those things, I'm not really the type that's about individual awards, but those are great accomplishments,” Green said. “When you hear about those things, of course you want them to happen.

"I'm sitting there thinking what can possibly happen, what can possibly go wrong. It was really stopping me from being me, being the happy person that I am around my teammates, just always having a smile on my face.”

Green admitted he “wasn’t himself” and sought out the counsel of Tom Izzo.

“Behind closed doors I still have my times where, ‘Hey, what do I need to do?’ Because I'm not perfect,” Green said. “I still have a lot of things I can get better on. And I have a mastermind as a coach. I can always get some advice.”