Kevin Durant standoffish on Draymond Green drama in postgame presser
Draymond Green sat out Tuesday night’s 110-103 victory over the Atlanta Hawks after being suspended for one game without pay by the Golden State Warriors due to his dustup with Kevin Durant on Tuesday. While the Warriors prevailed despite Green’s conspicuous absence, Durant was still in no mood to address the drama during his postgame presser.
Durant was standoffish with reporters about the awkward situation, stating he preferred to keep the matter “in-house.” He also was asked if the animosity between himself and Green can be resolved.
Kevin Durant is keeping the altercation with Draymond Green in-house. pic.twitter.com/wG7bRFbUKZ
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 14, 2018
“I’m sure it will,” Durant said, via ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “We’ve got a long season ahead.”
When asked if he felt Green’s antics crossed the line, which included allegedly calling him an “expletive” multiple times, Durant declined to say.
“I’m gonna keep that in-house,” Durant said. “That’s what we do here. I mean, obviously I know you guys got a job to do, but I’m not trying to give nobody no headlines. What happened, happened. We’re trying to move on — just trying to play basketball.”
The Athletic’s Anthony Slater provided a transcript of Durant’s presser on Twitter.
Pretty terse postgame press conference from Kevin Durant. Whatever Draymond Green said yesterday clearly still bothering him. Here's the transcript of the relevant portions. pic.twitter.com/9e27YWCpFZ
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 14, 2018
The confrontation between Durant and Green obviously presents the Warriors with a challenge to overcome, although it’s not an insurmountable one. Conflicts between players — even on teams boasting a championship pedigree like the Warriors — inevitably spring up during the grind of an 82-game season.
The comment Durant appeared to make about his future with the Warriors after he and Green exchanged pleasantries in the huddle ahead of overtime in Tuesday’s 121-116 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers certainly could prove troubling, even if head coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers attempted to downplay the severity of things.
Meanwhile, both Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry approached the conflict with a sense of humor.
"This thing will be in the past like a pony tail" – Klay Thompson
— Grant Liffmann (@GrantLiffmann) November 14, 2018
Steph Curry was asked pre-game about the last 24 hours. He smiled and said, "Everything's great!"
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) November 14, 2018
Whether everything will be great in the long run, however, remains to be seen.