Report: Draymond Green texted Kevin Durant after 2016 Finals loss
The Golden State Warriors have won a second NBA title in three years and much of the credit for it should go to Kevin Durant. His decision to join the Warriors and assemble a superteam to end all superteams last offseason created an unstoppable juggernaut and arguably one of the greatest teams in NBA history.
Much has been made in recent days as to the process through which Durant ended up joining the Warriors. Draymond Green claims he reached out by phone to the then-Thunder superstar shortly following a stunning title-round loss after being up 3-1 on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals.
Durant denied that was the case in recent days, an incident that created an odd “He says, he says,” situation for the Warriors.
Kevin Durant asked about Draymond Green contacting him after Game 7 of Finals last year: "That's false, 100 percent false"
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) June 11, 2017
As it turns out, at least according to a report from Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins, it wasn’t a phone call Green placed to Durant. Instead, it was apparently a text message.
And so, at that locker, in that uniform, less than an hour after the most excruciating loss of his life, Green punched up Kevin Durant’s number. “See what we’re missing,” Green says, recounting the text message he sent Durant. “We need you. Make it happen.” Green had been courting Durant for months, but this was his strongest pitch yet, delivered at the most dramatic juncture. “Right after you lose Game 7,” Green says, “shows you’re serious.”
Jenkins goes on to write that a Thunder official indicated “everything changed” between the team and Durant once Golden State lost in the Finals. And according to Jenkins’ account, Green, after “waiting for a reply” from Durant, saw the message he had hoped to receive from Durant after his dogged pursuit.
“… but by the time Green peeled off his home whites and hit the showers, he could sense that his squad would laugh last,” the report reads. “Durant’s response flashed across the screen: ‘I’m ready. Let’s do this.'”
And the rest, as it is said, is history. In the end, it wasn’t so much the substance of the exchange between Green and Durant. It was the method through which it was conveyed.