The altercation between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant has left something of a cloud over the Golden State Warriors franchise. While Green has taken responsibility for his remarks, and things appear to be on the upswing, there’s still a lot of tension, a lot of questions, and a lot of uncertainty.
With the report that Green targeted Durant’s upcoming free agency, and told the two-time Finals MVP that the Warriors don’t need him in order to win, it’s fair to wonder if this is the final season that Durant plays in the Bay Area. But even if that’s the case, Green has made it abundantly clear that future plans don’t impact this season, and that this season will be a successful one.
Speaking after the Warriors’ blowout loss on the road to the Houston Rockets, Green assured the media that Golden State will be just fine, and essentially guaranteed a title at the season’s conclusion.
Draymond Green: “We’re still going to win a bunch of games and win the championship.” pic.twitter.com/QBo2XlPNsj— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 16, 2018
“We didn’t play our best game. It happens,” Green remarked, after saying that there was no way to know whether the altercation had played a role in the team’s poor performance. “If those emotions are what caused us to lose, then it’s my bad. But we’re not panicking, or think like, ‘Oh man, we’re not a great team.’ We’re still the best team in the league, and we’re gonna win more games, a bunch of games, and go win another championship, and we’ll be fine.”
The relaxed confidence is certainly good to see, and it is convincing. It is starting to feel like, while this controversy may impact the Warriors somewhere down the road, that it’s unlikely to impact what happens in June.