Draymond Green: LeBron James envy after 2017 Finals changed Kevin Durant
Draymond Green has been nothing but outspoken as of late when it comes to Kevin Durant, and the Golden State Warriors star recently weighed in on when things started to go sideways with his mercurial teammate.
According to Green, it began when Durant completely changed after feeling slighted after the 2017 NBA Finals because LeBron James was still widely hailed as the best basketball player on the planet.
“We win a championship, Kevin wins a Finals MVP, he — in my opinion — got the best LeBron that series, I mean, Kevin was f——g rocking,” Green said during an appearance this week on the “On the Smoke” podcast with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson., as transcribed by Clutch Points. “After that, it was kind of that moment where Kevin should be the best player in the NBA right now because of what he just did to LeBron. You turn on the TV the next day and the f—–g headline is: LeBron James is still the best player in the world?
“You got Stephen A., you got all these people debating it and everybody still said LeBron James is the best player in the world. That’s when I kind of felt like it took a turn and then we came back for the 2017-2018 season and Kevin just wasn’t as happy.”
There’s no question that Durant vastly outplayed James on the way to earning MVP honors as the Warriors took it to the Cavaliers in a 4-1 series win. That being said, James’ Cavs crew was arguably inferior to a Warriors squad that boasted KD, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Green.
Still, Durant is a player who perpetually carries a chip on his shoulder when it comes to slights, perceived or otherwise, and his departure after the following season appeared inevitable.
As Green continues to conduct his own personal postmortem into a Warriors’ collapse this past season that left them among the league’s worst teams — a stunning downfall obviously exacerbated by devastating injuries to Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry — it’s evident he believes most of the blame should be placed squarely on Durant’s shoulders.