Kevin Durant: I Was More Locked into Warriors After Draymond Green Altercation
Brooklyn Webs forward Kevin Durant stated Thursday his altercation with previous Golden State Warriors teammate Draymond Green in November 2018 in fact had a favorable impact in the long run.
Durant explained on the Old Man and the 3 podcast with New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick he felt the entire circumstance was overblown.
” With so many people just wanting to see– it felt like we were so ideal– they wish to see something. They needed some drama around our team. That was their entry point,” KD said. “Me and Draymond, we improved after that actually. I seemed like I was more locked into the team after that. I seemed like he comprehended me more since we sat down and spoke about that entire situation.”
The numbers really support his stance. The confrontation with Green occurred in a mid-November game versus the Los Angeles Clippers 2 years back, and Durant went on a tear for the remainder of the month, consisting of games of 51, 49 and 44 points. His 31.6 scoring average that month was his highest of the season.
Green, who was suspended one game for the occurrence, doesn’t have such delighted memories about it.
He appeared on Showtime’s All the Smoke with previous NBA players Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson in April and supplied his side of the story (via Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Location):.
” And they’re basically telling me you were wrong, you (need to) say sorry. And my thing to them was– I told y’ all this. Yeah, it boiled over but this shouldn’t be no surprise to no one. I informed y’ all what it was … they kept informing me you require to apologize. And I’m like, ‘I’m not f– king asking forgiveness. He’s one foot in and one foot out. I meant what I stated. I’m not f– king asking forgiveness for something I implied to state.
” After an hour and 45 minutes, they resemble, ‘You go home, you fulfill us in the morning. You sleep on it, maybe you’ll feel various.’ We fulfill and they resemble, ‘So you gon na apologize?’ And I’m like, ‘I’m not asking forgiveness.’ So then Steve [Kerr] tells me, ‘All right, well we’re gon na suspend you for tonight’s game.’ No, Bob [Myers] said it.
” I started laughing. He resembles, ‘Well that’s not the action I anticipated you to have.’ I’m like, ‘Well, I feel like you’re suspending me to try to save Kevin– to attempt to make him feel good. Since that’s bulls– t. I ain’t never seen no gamer get suspended for arguing with another player.”.
The Warriors eventually completed the season by losing to the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals. Durant, who suffered a burst Achilles in the series, delegated join the Brooklyn Webs in complimentary company. He missed his whole very first year in Brooklyn while recovering.
Green remained in Golden State, but an injury-riddled year dropped the previously dominant team to the bottom of the NBA standings during the 2019-20 project.
The Webs’ very first meeting with the Warriors next season will be an interesting one.