Durant, Green blame GM and Kerr for Warriors 2019 break up
In a Bleach Report interview Kevin Durant and Draymond Green discussed the end of the Warriors super team era that sent Durant to the Brooklyn Nets in 2019.
Kevin Durant and Draymond Green discussed the break up of the Warriors two years ago pointing the finger at Warriors coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Meyers. Both players cited on incident on a night back in 2018 as the beginning of the end for the super team that eventually fell to the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals later that year.
Green and the now Brooklyn Net, Durant chatted during an interview that was posted by Bleacher Report on Wednesday. Both were in agreement as they recalled a locker room dust up after the Warriors loss to the LA Clippers at the Staples Center in November of 2018 saying the situation was mismanaged by the coach and GM.
In the first edition of Bleacher Report’s new series “Chips” Green asked Durant about that night, and the affect it had on his departure from Oracle Arena.
"It wasn't the argument,” said Durant “it was the way that everybody -- Steve Kerr -- acted like it didn't happen. Bob Myers tried to just discipline you [Green] and think that would put the mask over everything."
Green was handed a one game suspension after the war of words that followed the loss to the Clippers. On the flight back, and in the following days Green says Meyer and Golden State management asked him to apologize to Durant, to which he responded, "'Y'all are about to f--- this up,'" Green said he told them. "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." To which KD responded: "I think so too."
Media frenzy followed Warriors the rest of the season
In the end the dust settled between the two players, but the lingering affects and the public nature of the argument followed the team throughout the season.
This wasn’t the first time Green has been outspoken about the locker room spat. A year after the incident both he and Meyers went on ESPN’s podcast The Woj Pod, and discussed the aftermath of that night.
Durant played his last game with the Warriors in a 106-105 win against the Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. He wasn’t available for the sixth and final game after tearing his achilles in the previous before. Durant signed with the Nets that offseason, after winning two championships with the Warriors in 2017 and 2018.
Green compared the situation to the Chicago Bulls break up documented in the Netflix special “The Last Dance, "I remember watching 'The Last Dance,' and when Scottie [Pippen] didn't go into the game, the whole team in the locker room said, 'Scottie, that was f---ed up that you did that.' We needed that. We just needed to throw all of that s--- on the table and say, 'Yo Dray, K, that was f---ed up that we even had to go through that.'
Green concluded, "Let's just wipe our hands with that and go finish the task. ... I didn't think we did that. We just tried to dance around it. I just didn't like, just the vibe between all of that, it just made s--- weird to me."
Since Durant’s departure the Warriors have not made the playoffs, while KD has not made it past the Eastern Conference Semis with the Brooklyn Nets.