Report: Kevin Durant spent time alone ‘thinking’ after Draymond Green dust-up
New details continue to emerge surrounding the on-court verbal confrontation between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green that has plunged the Golden State Warriors into a state of disarray, uncharted territory for the two-time defending NBA champions.
According to a report from The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears, Durant spent some time alone to collect his thoughts on the Staples Center loading docks after his dust-up with Green which occurred during Monday’s overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
A peeved Durant got dressed quickly after the loss, headed out of the locker room before all of his teammates and spent time sitting at the Staples Center loading dock just thinking, a source said.
The days-long drama spawned by the incident involving Green and Durant — not to mention its aftermath in the locker room — has been the NBA’s biggest story this week, to no surprise.
What seemed to prompt the animosity between Durant and Green came at the end of regulation of Monday’s game when Green brought the ball up the court and did not pass the ball to Durant, instead losing possession.
As the Warriors returned to the bench, tempers flared and Green and Durant had to be separated, with a Yahoo Sports report suggesting Green called Durant an “expletive” several times in the huddle.
The ins and outs of the drama — and its potential fallout — has been examined to an amazing degree, although Durant wanted no part in addressing it publicly during a standoffish press conference on Tuesday. That came after a Warriors’ win in which Green sat after being suspended and fined without pay by the team. Green reportedly will appeal the $120,000 fine, according to Spears’ report.
The speculation is that this latest incident will inspire Durant to leave the Warriors in free agency after the season, which one Warriors insider suggested last month.
What about this season? Durant and Green obviously will have to figure out how to coexist at a minimum.
“Those dudes won a chip together,” a Warriors player told Spears. “They will be brothers again tomorrow.”