Everybody turn off your televisions because it’s guaranteed, the Golden State Warriors are going to win the NBA championship for the 3rd year in a row. Wait, what? What just happened? Draymond Green did what?
In case you didn’t know, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant had a major altercation in the waning minutes of a game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night, November 12th, 2018. With about 5 seconds to go in the 4th quarter and the score tied at 106, Draymond Green received a rebound after a Clippers missed field goal. Right away, Green began running the court while Kevin Durant clapped his hands to ask for the ball. Green continued to run up the court towards the Clippers 3-point line where he fumbled the ball and ended up going to the floor with the ball in his hand to end the quarter.
Clearly, this was a wasted possession and Durant did not have any of it. Once Durant reached the Warriors sidelines, he slammed his hand on a chair and started screaming at Green. There are no sources as to exactly what Durant said, but from video it seems like he said, “Give me the f****n ball.”
Green to exception to this and felt like he was being disrespected. From here, Green took the argument to a whole other level. Green balked back at Durant saying,
“Who the f**k you talking to?” Green started cursing at Durant, calling him “b***h” several times. Green then went on to say he’s been making plays throughout his career, reminding Durant that the Warriors were winning before he arrived. He told Durant something along the lines of, “We were winning before you. We don’t need you. Leave.” Green then accused Durant of making the whole season about him because of his impending free agency.
Throughout the incident, the full Warriors team can be seen trying to calm the situation down as both Iguodala and Livingston tried to revert the energy towards the game by clapping over the argument. Meanwhile, Thompson moves seats and sits in between Durant and Green. Ultimately, the incident clearly impacted the game as the Warriors went on to lose 121 to 116.
Because of this incident, the Warriors organization took action and decided to suspend Green without pay for one game. This might not seem like a noteworthy suspension, but when have you heard of a team suspending their own player in recent times? Furthermore, when has a player been suspended for an argument? Clearly, that means this was not a normal argument and it wasn’t as can be seen by the video.
Durant was arguing about a basketball play, about getting the ball in the last few seconds of the game as a two-time NBA Finals MVP. Remember, Steph Curry was out this game due to injury so Durant was the 1st option and Thompson was the 2nd. Furthermore, in that game, Green was 3 of 9 shooting and 0 of 2 from the 3-point line for just 6 points. It wasn’t like he was feeling it and having an amazing night. No, in fact, he was sub-par, worse than his usual as he only had 2 assists in the game! That means Green wasn’t shooting well and wasn’t making plays with his passing, a bad game for Green overall.
On the other hand, Durant was 10 of 24 and 2 of 4 from the 3-point line, with 33 points. In addition, he had 10 assists! Durant wasn’t shooting a high percentage, but he was either scoring or making plays. Either way, with 5 seconds left in the game, the ball should be in Durant’s hands when Curry isn’t around. Durant is going down as an all-time scorer. With 5 seconds left, no one would choose to have the ball in Green’s hands over Kevin Durant.
Furthermore, it’s extremely hypocritical for Green to feel disrespected when every sentence he utters to his teammates during a game is filled with expletive words. Green is known for talking in this manner and for many people, it’s a very disrespectful manner. Once the table is turned on him and he’s being talked to negatively, he can’t handle it? That’s just hypocritical.
Let’s also not forget that Green was a part of the “Hamptons Four” who recruited Durant to join the Warriors. It was also Green who told the media after the 2016 debacle against the Cleveland Cavaliers that the Warriors need Durant to win more championships.
Thanks to Green, this incident is now something much more serious than just an argument. In the final season of Duran’ts contract, a season in which the team is trying to win him over to resign, this incident will for sure push him away. Durant has clearly been affected by this incident as any normal human being would be. If your boss cursed at you and told you to leave after he begged you to sign, you’d be hurt too. Just look at 1:38 of the incident when Durant shakes his head in disbelief and disappointment. You can tell that Durant is just shocked at Green’s words, telling him to leave the Warriors and that they don’t need him. It’s words of total betrayal and now the NBA championship is no longer locked in for the Warriors.
As Klay Thompson stated in the locker room after the game,
“We all want to win. That’s all this is about. We all want to win. I think we’re the only team that can beat us. Nobody else can beat us.” That’s true. No other team in the league can beat the Golden State Warriors when they’re all healthy and firing on all cylinders. Even when the Warriors aren’t healthy and aren’t firing on all cylinders, they’re still extremely difficult to beat. Let’s not forget that Demarcus Cousins has yet to be unleashed.
None the less, this incident might just mark the beginning of the end of the Warriors dynasty. Durant will probably leave and in doing so, this incident will be brought back to the light. How will other Warriors players feel? Will they feel like this incident pushed Durant away and thus blame Green? At that point, can Green stay on the team or will he have to be traded? The questions and possibilities are endless and nothing is for sure. We’ll get a much clearer picture once Green returns to the lineup and plays with Durant.
What we do know now is that Durant and Green’s relationship will never be the same again. As we’d all do in Durant’s position, we’d play nice with Green, but never trust him as a friend again, rather just as a colleague.
Everybody, turn on your televisions because Draymond Green has decided to ruin the Warriors dynasty and make the NBA competitive again.