Kevin Durant and Draymond Green sat down this week for a far-reaching interview that discussed a number of topics – including why he ultimately left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors.
One subject that got a lot of play after the fact was the pair’s recollection of their infamous bench argument when both were with the Warriors. It wasn’t the first time Durant opened up about the matter, but it was definitely his most detailed answer.
“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.”
The fact that both Green and Durant blamed the Warriors’ coaches and management for how things went down raised a lot of eyebrows. Some thought it was fair – while others felt like responsibility was being shirked by all parties involved.
This week, Stephen A. Smith appeared on ESPN’s First Take and offered a different perspective on the matter:
“With all due respect, where was Steph Curry, the Baby-Faced Assassin, the greatest shooter that God has ever created, the clear absolute superstar player for this team, the face of the franchise?” Smith wondered.
“Where was he at in all of this? I found it very, very conspicuous that Kevin Durant and Draymond Green never mentioned his name, not one time.”
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Whether Curry truly should be held responsible for the relationship souring between Durant and Green is something folks will have to decide for themselves.
While everyone else is discussing the past, Durant appears more focused on the present. He recently went into great detail about why the Los Angeles Lakers put no fear in his heart, and in doing so laid the groundwork for what should be a fascinating battle between two great teams in 2021-22.