The Golden State Warriors have demonstrated nothing but pure dominance over the last five years. However, several stars on the roster will become free agents next summer and it seems unlikely all of them be resigned. Kevin Durant (KD) will leave the Warriors after the season and Golden State championship run will also be over.
Recently, Durant and Draymond Green got into it after an overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers 121-116. Initially, KD was upset because he didn’t get the ball in the final seconds of the 4th quarter. The conversation then spilled over into the locker room.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Green called Durant a “b****” multiple times. In a summarized version, sources said Green shouted, “You’re a b**** and you know you’re a b****.” The exchange continued even when Kerr attempted to direct the team’s attention to his whiteboard. “We don't need you. We won without you. Leave.” One source said that's what Green blurted out.
Once all the facts surfaced, the Warriors suspended Green for conduct detrimental of the team. Despite being short-handed, they managed to beat the Atlanta Hawks 110-103. A couple nights later, the fracture in the locker room was evident when they faced the Houston Rockets.
Houston obliterated the Warriors 107-86. Green had zero points in 24 minutes. KD had only 20 points in about 30 minutes. None of the starters made three-pointers. That’s eye-opening considering that shooting 3’s is usually their strength. Stephen A. Smith responded to how poorly the Warriors performed.
KD should have stepped up in that game. Especially since Draymond basically called him out the night before. Instead, KD was clearly still bothered by Green’s comments. There was a play when he didn’t even pass to him when he was wide open.
After the game, a reporter asked KD a question about his relationship with Green. “Don’t ask me that again.” Durant looked like a guy who is not only still upset with the situation but didn’t want to be there. Chris Broussard appeared on Undisputed to address the topic.
Chris Broussard is right. Kevin Durant is likely gone after the season is over. He did exactly what he came to do. He needed a championship for his legacy and he will potentially have three rings in three years. Not to mention Draymond made him feel like the team didn’t need him.
On one hand, Green has a point. Golden State did win a championship without KD against the Cleveland Cavaliers. At the same time, the Warriors did blow a 3-1 lead against the Cavs and lost the series in seven games.
Durant played a critical role in helping the Warriors win two more championships. The Cavs had no answer for him. Truth be told, no one in the league had an answer for him. Green shouldn’t have talked to him like he had little impact on their dynasty.
Golden State’s dominance is coming to an end. They will probably try to keep Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. They don’t want the cupboard to be bare next summer. Nevertheless, they will lose arguably the best player in the world.