If Draymond Green had just done the smart thing and pass the damn to Kevin Durant in a meaningless November 2018 game against the Clippers, KD still may be on the Warriors and Draymond Green wouldn’t be poor-shaming opposing fans in front of their dates and actually remembering how the game of basketball is played.
Trying to parse through what Draymond was thinking here still keeps me up at night.
It was soon reported that Green called him a “bitch” multiple times and before saying, “We don’t need you. We won without you. Leave.”
This brouhaha then spilled into the locker room after the game, with the scene described as “one of most intense of this G-State era.”
Now Durant and Green are 3,000 miles away, which is probably good for both parties.
On an Showtime’s “All the Smoke” with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Durant spoke freely about his feud with Draymond and why he jetted for Brooklyn.
“The play in [Los Angeles] happened, I was going to grab the rebound, he came and grabbed it. I’m thinking he’s going to just toss it to me and we run up the court and I’m going to shoot the shot. When it didn’t, I was kind of shocked.”
“Then he started coming off the top with all of that stuff and I’m just thinking, Draymond is actually my friend,” Durant said. “He’s somebody I can call when I’m going through anything like, ‘Yo, come through. Let’s hang out tonight.’ For him to say that s— to me just kind of threw me for a loop. I started isolating myself after that.”
Time heals all my internet friends.
All’s well that ends well.
BONUS: KD also spoke about his recent feud with Kendrick Perkins, who took a ricochet shot at Durant after claiming Russell Westbrook is the greatest thing to ever happen to the Thunder organization.
“Russell [Westbrook] going back to Oklahoma City was a great thing, but you [Kendrick Perkins] knew you announcing saying I’m going to announce why Russell [Westbrook] is the greatest Thunder player ever you knew that was a divisive statement. You know people would say that’s a shot at [KD] like you know that. So, my whole thing is you don’t have to do that in order to praise Russell you have to S*** on me because that is what the fans and the media in Oklahoma City made their money off of the last four years is S***ing on me. So, Perk you are just playing into that because you want a job and some notoriety in your profession, but we were actually friends before this. We actually played basketball games before this and I know your family, so why are you trying to use that tactic against one of your so-called brothers. That was my whole thing and then he called me out on Twitter about us losing in the second round I’m like Perk, you are on the same team as me. And you started and you didn’t play well.”
[h/t Larry Brown Sports]