When It’s Best to be a F$!@ing Dog

Draymond Green, of the Golden State Warriors, is a defensive animal. He craves matching up against the best players in the league, getting in their face and physically dominating. Very few players subdue the new lord savior of the Knicks Kristaps Porzingis, “the unicorn”, dubbed such for the rare abilities of a man 7’3” man. Draymond did and did so commandingly. This NBA season, Porzingis hoped to avenge his poor performance of last year saying before the game “I want to go out there. Last season, right after the game was over I was thinking when was the next time we were going to get a chance to play against them. I’m ready for him.”

He wasn’t ready. Porzingis was held to under 10 points for just the 2nd time this season. Asked about the matchup afterward, Draymond said of Porzingis. “I like the passion, I like the dog that he has, I like that you want to see me again, but keep that to yourself. Don’t let everybody know that you’re going after me. So I guess we’re going to go after each other and that’s fine. I think he’s a great player. I think he will continue to get better and better, but that made it real personal.

Porzingis’ quote reads like a compliment. Why so angry Draymond Green? Many Knicks fans judged his seeming overkill of a response. They were wrong. It shows Greens brilliance as a defender, and why he is able to compete at the highest of levels in one of the most competitive of arenas. It’s all explained in the overlooked quote. I like the dog that he has. Draymond knows how to harness something most don’t.

Being a dog is a personality trait. It’s animalistic qualities harkening to in the hungry dog that doesn’t think and doesn’t plan. It attacks unrelentingly. Accordingly, men are described as such when they act aggressive, simplistic, and tenacious. Often times this is done in a negative context, like in the following definition.

Dogmatic: asserting opinions in a doctrinaire or arrogant manner; opinionated:

The negative connotation of being a dog is built into our vocabulary. As a result, society undervalues when the best course of action is to be a dog. I’d like to focus on a different definition.

Dogged: having or showing tenacity and grim persistence goes:

Jesse Jacob is the founder of Samovar Tea Lounge based out of San Francisco. When in search of financing for what has become a wildly successful business, he was rejected 71 times before securing a bank loan. 71 rejections. At that volume, I’d likely have quit I 4 times, but not Jesse. His mind was committed to acquiring a loan. He was confident his vision was a profitable one, only him dying would prevent him from finding out. He was dogged, and because of it, he’s a multimillionaire entrepreneur. Being a Dog pays.

The negative connotations make sense, particular when it comes to describing men’s romantic prowesses. Dogs, pre-neuter, like to hump literally everything in a seemingly indiscriminate manner. Replace dog with a man in that previous sentence, and we have the common trope of a fuck boy. This negative portrayal paints the picture of a man who completely lacks empathy and a capacity for emotional connection in a healthy and fruitful relationship. Why? He’s too busy fucking EVERYTHING. That’s a bad dog. There are, despite such, good dogs. For example, In the bedroom, anyone who’s any fun wants a dog.

The legendary punk rock band the Stooges captured this idea in their all-time great hit, “I Want to be Your Dog”.

So messed up, I want you here

In my room, I want you here

Now we’re gonna be face to face

And I lay right down in my favorite place

And now I want to be your dog

And now I want to be your dog

And now I want to be your dog

Well, come on

And now I’m ready to close my eyes

And now I’m ready to close my mind

And now I’m ready to feel your hand

And lose my heart on the burning sand

And now I want to be your dog

And now I’m gonna be your dog

And now I want to be your dog

Well, come on

That’s the entire song. 3 chords, repetitive lyrics, and it gets me fucking hyped every time I give it a listen. It’s the animalistic emotion that the man in the song is dedicating to the woman. It’s an ecstatic, arguably religious experience of giving into the moment as 2 beings simply exist together in a moment. It’s a chance to turn off the brain, let loose, and connect on a higher plane. It’s a loyal dog fighting for something great. I feel bad for those who can’t get there.

When Draymond Green speaks to what is needed to win, particularly on the defensive end, he wants a hellishly tenacious emotional pitbull. Instinctual, physical, and unflinching. If he gets knocked down, he gets right back up and hits back twice as hard. Draymond, by stripping away the intellectual and introspective, is able to move and react at speeds quicker than thoughts can be articulated. He trusts his body to take over. It’s something he sees hints of in Porzingis, and I agree. Let’s hope for the Knicks he’s right.

Draymond and the Warriors are the best teams in the league (Though Lebron James would disagree). They are the alpha, the leaders of the NBA pack. The only way to take control is to take out the alpha. When the game winds down, everyone is exhausted, and arms start to droop, a basketball game comes down to who wants it more. Who’s ready to be more of a fucking Dog.