Draymond Green: Kevin Durant created ‘elephant in the room’ for Warriors
Draymond Green opened up in a recent interview about Kevin Durant’s tumultuous tenure with the Golden State Warriors, and the outspoken star had some telling remarks about how uncomfortable the situation became.
Durant’s final season with the Warriors was marred by internal strife, primarily due to an on-court confrontation with Green that devolved into a full-blown feud between the two. While the superstars ultimately made peace for the most part, Green reflected on how the animosity sent the Warriors’ season sideways.
Green was inspired to open up about Durant when reflecting upon the first two episodes of the “The Last Dance,” the smash ESPN documentary about Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls.
During an appearance Monday on Uninterrupted’s “WRTS: After Party” show with Paul Rivera and Maverick Carter, Green opened up about the Durant conundrum.
“So, for instance, Kevin took the one-year deal on his own. So that was kind of the elephant in the room,” Green said, as transcribed by Nick Friedell of ESPN. “And although Steve [Kerr]’s approach was like, ‘Hey, guys, let’s approach this year because we don’t know what next year brings,’ you’ve got Kevin’s contract, you’ve got [Klay Thompson]’s contract, and I kind of got thrown in that contract thing, although I had another year after that year, which was this year.
“And so that was kind of the elephant in the room, and although Steve would kind of hit on it, [saying], ‘Let’s just enjoy this year for what it is because we don’t know what next year holds,’ it didn’t necessarily carry the same weight because what should have happened was Kevin come out and say, ‘Hey, man, this is it, so let’s do this,’ or, ‘This isn’t it.'”
Green went on to bemoan how the feud between himself and Durant became an aggravating and persistent topic of conversation in the aftermath of their verbal altercation.
Durant ultimately conceded after signing with the Brooklyn Nets that his issues with Green was a primary factor in his departure from Golden State. Green’s recent comments arguably suggest Durant leaving was inevitable.