Many have speculated that the infamous argument between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green against the Los Angeles Clippers in 2018 factored into Durant’s decision to leave Golden State for the Brooklyn Nets following the season.
The two have downplayed the incident, claiming it was blown out of proportion on Durant’s “The ETCs” podcast earlier this year, but Green asked his former teammate on Bleacher Report’s “Chips” series if that was ultimately why he left the Warriors.
“It wasn’t the argument, it was the way that everybody — Steve Kerr act like it didn’t happen, Bob Myers tried to discipline you and think that would put the mask over everything,” Durant said. “I really felt like that was such a big situation for us as a group, the first time we went through something like that, we had to get that s—t all out.”
Durant recalled a similar moment that happened with the Chicago Bulls and Scottie Pippen while watching “The Last Dance” documentary.
“When Scottie didn’t go into the game the whole team in the locker room said ‘Scottie that was f---ed up you did that.’ We needed that. We needed to throw all that s—t on the table and needed to say ‘Dray, that was f---ed up that we even had to go through that. Let’s just wipe our hands with it and go finish the task,’” Durant said. “I don’t think we did that and tried to dance around that. I didn’t like the vibe around all of that, it just made s—t weird to me. I’d rather us be who we say we are: family first, communication is key. And we didn’t show any of that and that’s what rubbed me the wrong way more than anything.”
Green agreed with Durant’s assessment of the situation and took some shots of his own at Kerry and Myers, whom he still plays for, criticizing them for trying to make him apologize to Durant.
“I told them, ‘I’ll talk to [Durant], but y’all aren’t going to tell me what I need to say,’” Green said. “They went on for an hour and 45 minutes saying a bunch of bulls—t and ultimately they realized, we’re not getting through to him, we’re going to try again in the morning.
“We met the next morning, they said, ‘Alright, you. Slept on it. Are you ready to apologize?’ I said, ‘Y’all about to f—k this up. The only person who can make this right is me and [Durant]. And there is nothing y’all can do and y’all are going to f—k this up.’ And in my opinion, they f---ed it up.”
Durant agreed with Green, but the Warriors center was not done, explaining that Myers informed him he would be suspended for the next game.
“I laughed at them,” Green said. “Literally laughed in their face. [Myers] said to me, ‘Wow, that was not the reaction I was looking for or expecting.’ I said, ‘I’m either gonna laugh in your face or cuss you the f—k up. So I choose laugh.’”