ESPN's Stephen A. Smith suggests Black exec would've handled Kevin Durant-Draymond Green blow-up differently

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And while his interview with Kevin Durant that was released Wednesday was more about brand washing than conscience cleansing, truth still found a way to the surface. Kevin Durant didn't leave the Warriors after the 2019 season specifically because Green yelled at him in that early-season game against the Clippers. The Mercury NewsKurtenbach: Draymond Green, Kevin Durant couldn’t help but tell the truth about the Warriors’ breakup

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Kevin Durant and Draymond Green’s infamous on-court squabble a few years ago has recently resurfaced, after the former Golden State Warriors teammates made certain revelations about the incident in a recent tell-all interview.

ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith has shared his thoughts on these recent developments, and the outspoken announcer brought up a particularly interesting point: Where was Stephen Curry in all this?

“With all due respect, where was Steph Curry, the Baby-Faced Assassin, the greatest shooter that God has ever created, the clear absolute superstar player for this team, the face of the franchise? Where was he at in all of this? I found it very, very conspicuous that Kevin Durant and Draymond Green never mentioned his name, not one time,” Smith said on Thursday’s episode of ESPN’s First Take, via Michael Nowels of East Bay Times.

As Smith stated above, Curry IS the leader of the Warriors. With the benefit of hindsight, you have to say that perhaps he should have played a bigger role in trying to mend fences between Green and Durant.

In the end, Durant decided to leave The Bay to take his talents to the Brooklyn Nets. KD himself admitted that the way the Warriors handled the Draymond Green issue was one of the biggest reasons behind his decision to jump ship. To this point, could one say that a Stephen Curry intervention could have saved Durant’s relationship with the Warriors and kept him on the team?

You could also argue that KD already had his heart set on joining real-life BFF Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn, but you also can’t help but wonder, what if Steph actually stepped in?

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Kevin Durant and Draymond Green’s infamous on-court squabble a few years ago has recently resurfaced, after the former Golden State Warriors teammates made certain revelations about the incident in a recent tell-all interview.

ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith has shared his thoughts on these recent developments, and the outspoken announcer brought up a particularly interesting point: Where was Stephen Curry in all this?

“With all due respect, where was Steph Curry, the Baby-Faced Assassin, the greatest shooter that God has ever created, the clear absolute superstar player for this team, the face of the franchise? Where was he at in all of this? I found it very, very conspicuous that Kevin Durant and Draymond Green never mentioned his name, not one time,” Smith said on Thursday’s episode of ESPN’s First Take, via Michael Nowels of East Bay Times.

As Smith stated above, Curry IS the leader of the Warriors. With the benefit of hindsight, you have to say that perhaps he should have played a bigger role in trying to mend fences between Green and Durant.

In the end, Durant decided to leave The Bay to take his talents to the Brooklyn Nets. KD himself admitted that the way the Warriors handled the Draymond Green issue was one of the biggest reasons behind his decision to jump ship. To this point, could one say that a Stephen Curry intervention could have saved Durant’s relationship with the Warriors and kept him on the team?

You could also argue that KD already had his heart set on joining real-life BFF Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn, but you also can’t help but wonder, what if Steph actually stepped in?

Copyright © ClutchPoints. Partner of iOne Digital / Cassius Network.

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Durant agreed. "I think so, too."

That is why Durant joining forces with the Warriors in 2016 and winning two NBA titles in a three-year span (and being named Finals MVP in both years) made so much sense for what he was looking for and what Golden State had to offer. 

We have seen teammates get into it for as long as the NBA has been around. 

There have been relatively minor dust-ups, like LeBron James and Mario Chalmers getting into it in 2013 as members of the Miami Heat. Another example: Isaiah Thomas and Julius Randle, both with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018, having a heated exchange.

Following the incident, Mirotic asked to be traded and got his wish right before the 2018 trade deadline when the Bulls sent him to New Orleans.

And while what happened between Portis and Mirotic was indeed extreme, it's not uncommon for things to get testy in an NBA locker room. 

There are some athletes who can move on from the triggering incident, but they can't undo the collateral damage it caused. 

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