When Draymond Green and Kevin Durant got into an altercation following a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers more than a month ago, some thought it marked the beginning of the end for the Golden State Warriors.
But that doesn’t appear to be the case. It took some time, and things certainly appeared to be fragile for a while, but lately the rift seems to be entirely in the past. And, according to the players, it was never going to bring down the team.
ESPN’s Nick Friedell wrote a stellar report of the situation, and talked to a number of people inside the organization, including both Green and Durant. And Green was emphatic that nothing bad would come of the tense situation.
“I know the hope is that [incident] will make us fall off, but it ain’t,” Green is quoted as saying. “It’ll never happen like that. We good. . . We sat down and rapped. And that’s it. It ain’t really about re-creating the wheel. Brothers get into it all the time. Y’all sit down and y’all figure it out, ain’t nobody else going to figure it out for you. . . We sit down as men, we figure it out and we move forward.”
While Durant was less overt about the situation, he concurred in his own way, saying, “You got to have people around that hold you accountable for every single thing that you do in your life. That’s key. We all need a great team behind us if we want to continue to grow and flourish.”
But perhaps the most promising point of the article was Friedell describing the current scene around the the two Warriors:
While Durant sought counsel from those in his inner circle, he and Green also made it a point not to shy away from each other. The pair had some tough moments in the first few days but quickly returned to normal. They are laughing and joking with each other before games, like nothing ever happened. During a recent practice at Detroit Mercy, the pair stood for several photographs together with members of the school’s support staff lining up to stand in between them. To teammates who know and respect both men, the ability to grow and move past what could’ve been a season-altering moment has been crucial.
All in all, it seems as though the past is the past, and the two stars are on the same page. And that’s good news for the Warriors, and bad news for everyone else.