Draymond Green: Kevin Durant drama won’t ‘stop me from being who I am’
Draymond Green is not about to change who he is or how he goes about his business despite all the drama and ensuing fallout from his on-court verbal confrontation with Kevin Durant earlier this week.
Green, in a frank discussion with Sam Amick published Friday by The Athletic (subscription required), stresses he will remain true to himself amid the swirling controversy that has cast him as the catalyst to the Golden State Warriors’ first brush with organizational dysfunction in their dynastic era. Green insists he’s keeping his eye on the ultimate prize while ignoring the noise.
“Yeah, definitely. I want to win a championship,” Green said. “That’s my only goal at all times is to win a championship, is to be the best version of me I can be for this team. That’s how I approach this thing. That’s how I’m going to attack it at all times.
“No little bump in the road is going to stop me from being who I am or being, like I said, the best version of me that I possibly can. So that’s just what it is.”
Green was suspended without pay for Tuesday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks in light of the dust-up with Durant during and following Monday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Details continue to emerge about what actually occurred between Green and Durant and what then prompted the Warriors to levy the suspension, which Green has appealed. If the allegations are accurate, though, the Warriors face significant issues in reestablishing harmony in the locker room.
Green not surprisingly has remained steadfast, if not stubborn, in the wake of the events of this week. The same can be said for Durant as well. That said, positive signs emerged ahead of Thursday’s ultimately disappointing blowout loss to the Houston Rockets that Green and Durant may be on the road to reconciliation. Whether the two teammates make it all the way back is anyone’s guess at this point.