Kevin Durant, Draymond Green clear the air on infamous 2018 argument: 'Everybody acted like it didn't happen'

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Kevin Durant, Draymond Green clear air on infamous 2018 fight: Warriors management 'f***ed it up'

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Green hosted Durant on his Bleacher Report show, "Chips," and asked how much the infamous 2018 argument against the Los Angeles Clippers led to his departure. And they came to the same conclusion. 

"In my opinion, they [Warriors management] f***ed it up," Green said. 

"I think so, too," Durant replied. 

Green asked Durant about it to "help clear my conscious" since the narrative has been Durant left because of the incident. During the 2018 exchange in Los Angeles, Green reportedly called Durant a "bitch" multiple times and questioned his value for the team since it had already won a title without him. 

Durant said it wasn't the argument, but how it was handled by those in charge.

"It wasn't the argument, it was the way that everybody — how [coach] Steve Kerr acted like it didn't happen," Durant said. “Bob Myers tried to just discipline you and think that would put the mask over everything.”

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 18, 2021

Durant said he was bothered because the Warriors talk about being a family and communication over everything, "but we didn't show that." 

"That's what rubbed me the wrong way over anything," he said. 

Green described his conversation with management when the team returned to Oakland from Los Angeles. He was open to talking to Durant, but wasn't going to be told what to say to him by the Warriors. And he was clear about what he saw coming down the line. 

"Y'all are about to f*** this up," Green recalled telling unnamed Warriors management. "I said, 'The only person that can make this right is me and K [Durant]. And there is nothing that y'all can do, and y'all are going to f*** this up.' And in my opinion, they f***ed it up."

Green was suspended for a game for the altercation and said he laughed in Myers' face when he was told about it. 

Durant signed with the Brooklyn Nets last offseason and played 35 games after coming back from an Achilles injury that kept him out of the 2019-20 season. The duo won two rings together with the Warriors between 2016-19. 

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Kevin Durant says he was mad at Warriors' Steve Kerr, Bob Myers after infamous Draymond Green blowup

SF Gate 18 August, 2021 - 06:40pm

Sporting an Oakland A's hat, Kevin Durant finally laid it all out: It wasn't Draymond Green's infamous shouting match that pushed him to leave the Golden State Warriors. It was how the team — specifically coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers — reacted afterwards.

I'll back up. On Wednesday, Bleacher Report dropped a much-anticipated interview between KD and Green, the latter of whom is apparently hosting a new web series called "Chips." In recent years, Durant has become reticent to speak with the media, and mostly (playfully) trolls annoying fans on Twitter, so this was a rare, real opportunity for him to tie up some loose ends about his bumpy departure from the Dubs. And boy did he.

"I felt like I was the absolute perfect fit with what you guys were doing on both ends of the ball," he told Green about why he decided to leave Oklahoma City for Oakland in the first place. "And I knew my game had reached a point where I needed to really see what that looked like. And I thought that was just a no-brainer: I would do that s—t a million times again. I didn't second-guess at all."

Durant said he went through the formal free agency meetings with other teams in the summer of 2016 but had basically already made up his mind to join the Dubs. His hunch was spot-on, as the Warriors won two championships and advanced to three straight title rounds. Green made sure to note that they would've won three championships "had you [Durant] not got hurt," to which Durant responded, "Easily." (Surely Raptors fans will not be annoyed by this.)

But like any good interviewer, Green quickly transitioned from complimentary softball questions to the good stuff. "In my opinion, after year two, you were over it," Green bluntly told Durant. "You were done with it and you were onto the next thing. But we had the opportunity to three-peat, and in my mind, what brought you back to Golden State for year three was just the opportunity to three-peat."

Durant didn't totally agree with that thesis, actually, and countered that he was mostly just intensely focused on his craft, which might've come across as him being moody or upset.

"I locked [in] with so much focus and determination to not f—k around every day, and you seen it. From workouts to practices, shootarounds, film, I was super locked in. It made people on the outside look at me like, 'Hold on. Is he enjoying this?' ... I liked that I was closed off and focused on my work. I maybe should've communicated that with more people who were interested in knowing what I was going through, but I had the most fun locking in and completing the task."

But Durant was of course upset about his much-publicized November 2018 argument with Green, when Green reportedly laid into KD in the middle of a game. Green asked Durant how much their argument drove KD "to ultimately leave the Warriors," as has largely been assumed, and Durant confirmed it had a major effect — just not in the way most onlookers have long assumed. 

Durant went on to say he would've preferred the team address their fight head-on, but no one did that. Instead, "we tried to dance around it," he asserted.

Green concurred, and said the Warriors wanted him to force an apology to Durant, which he warned them would backfire. Myers nevertheless decided to suspend Green for a game, and Green responded by laughing in Myers' face.

"In my opinion, they f—ked it up," Green said. And Durant agreed.

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Kevin Durant's Honest Take On Engaging With Fans On Twitter

ClutchPoints 18 August, 2021 - 02:00pm

Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant is known for his brilliance on the court, but he’s also known for being one of the most active NBA players on Twitter. KD is always engaging with fans, whether it’s good or bad.

The Nets big man recently spoke on the matter and why he doesn’t see it as a problem at all, via Hoop Central (From BR’s interview with Draymond and Durant):

“I’m only talking about basketball. I’m not diving into politics, I’m not telling you how you should live, I’m not flexing my money or my power…I’m just literally talking about the game…And I don’t think it harms anyone.”

– Kevin Durant on engaging with fans on Twitter pic.twitter.com/9Y7z9tGnYO

— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) August 18, 2021

You know what, KD has a valid point. He never talks about anything but the game and when people hate on him, he’s simply just defending himself. Or if someone is putting down one of his Nets teammates, Durant will speak out.

To be honest, it’s kind of refreshing that he actually talks with fans on social media rather than just ignoring everything. The fact that KD is one of the best scorers to ever play the game makes it even more special that he’ll interact with basically anybody on Twitter.

Durant opened up on a lot of different topics in his interview with Draymond Green, discussing the process behind leaving the Thunder and joining the Warriors to eventually departing the Bay Area to become a Nets player.

If there’s one thing that’s for certain, Kevin Durant is honest and real. That’s really all you can ask for from someone.

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

Kevin Durant's Honest Take On Engaging With Fans On Twitter

Bleacher Report 18 August, 2021 - 02:00pm

Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant is known for his brilliance on the court, but he’s also known for being one of the most active NBA players on Twitter. KD is always engaging with fans, whether it’s good or bad.

The Nets big man recently spoke on the matter and why he doesn’t see it as a problem at all, via Hoop Central (From BR’s interview with Draymond and Durant):

“I’m only talking about basketball. I’m not diving into politics, I’m not telling you how you should live, I’m not flexing my money or my power…I’m just literally talking about the game…And I don’t think it harms anyone.”

– Kevin Durant on engaging with fans on Twitter pic.twitter.com/9Y7z9tGnYO

— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) August 18, 2021

You know what, KD has a valid point. He never talks about anything but the game and when people hate on him, he’s simply just defending himself. Or if someone is putting down one of his Nets teammates, Durant will speak out.

To be honest, it’s kind of refreshing that he actually talks with fans on social media rather than just ignoring everything. The fact that KD is one of the best scorers to ever play the game makes it even more special that he’ll interact with basically anybody on Twitter.

Durant opened up on a lot of different topics in his interview with Draymond Green, discussing the process behind leaving the Thunder and joining the Warriors to eventually departing the Bay Area to become a Nets player.

If there’s one thing that’s for certain, Kevin Durant is honest and real. That’s really all you can ask for from someone.

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

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