Kevin Durant’s departure from the Golden State Warriors was just as controversial as his arrival. But one element of his decision to leave that flew under the radar for a long time was his relationship with his teammates. Specifically, there was a lot of noise surrounding his relationship with Warriors star Draymond Green.
In an appearance on ESPN’s First Take this morning, the Brooklyn Nets star lamented how things went between him and Green.
Durant addressed a particularly well-publicized incident where he and Green clashed on the court after a loss to the Clippers. The confrontation continued into the locker room and ultimately resulted in a one-game suspension for Green.
“I wish that wouldn’t have happened. I feel like that was a situation that definitely could have been avoided. It really came out of nowhere.”
“Draymond knew that he was out of line. As men, we talked about it and everybody around tried to get us to mend it fast because of the season and we wanted to win. But he had his process on how he wanted to handle it and I had my process and eventually we came together.”
Whether Durant and Green truly made up is up for debate. But Durant ultimately decided to take his talents elsewhere in the summer. He admitted the clash with Green played a role in his departure.
“I mean, your teammate talked to you that way, you think about it a bit,” he said. “But … we talked about it, but definitely [it was a factor], for sure, I’m not going to lie about it.”
He opted for free agency and wound up signing a max deal with the Nets via a sign-and-trade.
With Durant recovering from a major Achilles injury this year, it may be a full season before we see Durant and Green on the same court again.
Maybe that’s what both players would prefer…