Draymond Green: Kevin Durant helped Warriors get over blown Finals lead
The Golden State Warriors were saddled this past offseason with the ignominy of blowing a 3-1 lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. But to hear it from Draymond Green, the news that Kevin Durant would be joining the team helped assuage the bitter disappointment.
“It ate away at me for a while, and then I think on July 4…,” Green recalled during an appearance on Adrian Wojnarowski’s podcast, as transcribed by Dime Mag. “It’s like, ‘Man, this sucks.’ And then I got a call from [Kevin Durant’s manager] Charlie Bell saying, ‘Let’s go win some championships.’
“And I said, ‘Oh, all right, there goes those feelings. We got Kevin Durant out of the deal, I’ll be just fine.’ You know, it ate away at me until about then. And then it was like a silver lining. Well, would have been great to win this championship, but the possibly of Kevin Durant and how many more championships we can win? We’ll be fine.”
Green’s sentiments on how Durant helped ease the sting of the Warriors blowing it in the Finals echoes in many respects what Durant had to say about ultimately ending up with Golden State, essentially stating that he probably wouldn’t have signed with the Warriors had the team won consecutive NBA titles.
“As they lost, it became more and more real every day,” Durant said. “You start to think about it even more. To see if I would fit. Then once I sat down with these guys, everything that I wanted to know about them, they kinda showed me. But we don’t have to talk about [what would have happened if the Warriors had won the title], because they didn’t get the job done, and they came after me.
“I guess you could say I’m glad that they lost.”
Much has been made about whether the Warriors would be able to integrate Durant into their already-talent-heavy rotation. But after the Warriors won their eighth-straight game on Monday with a 120-83 rout of the Indiana Pacers to improve to 12-2, it appears things are going just fine.