Kevin Durant says Warriors mishandled incident that led to his departure

Durant left the Warriors after the 2018-2019 season.

by Dzevad Mesic
Kevin Durant says Warriors mishandled incident that led to his departure

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green and Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant both blamed Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers for mishandling the fallout from the players' argument that led to Durant leaving the Warriors.

On November 12, 2018, Green and Durant got into it after an overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. After the 2018-2019 season, Durant left the Warriors. This week, Bleacher Report published an interview in which Green and Durant reflected on what happened.

"It wasn't the argument," Durant told Green. "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." After his argument with Durant, the Warriors suspended Green for one game and asked him to apologize for Durant.

Green told them he and Durant were the only ones who could fix the situation. "'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." Responded Durant: "I think so too."

Durant never felt comfortable after the arguement

"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.' "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." Green and Durant teamed up again this summer as they helped Team USA win gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

“They had some power rankings out. They had us fourth behind Slovenia. Come on, man,” Durant said, in a clip that was shared by Complex Sports, as quoted on Total Pro Sports. “Talking about they’re catching up to us, like, are you serious? This skill is unmatched, you dig? “Shoutout to everybody that won this gold, everybody that chipped in and helped out. We’re going to the press conference, but I had to talk my s*** real quick"

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