Nearly a year after the fact, we’re still learning more details about last season’s now infamous sideline dust up between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant.
The two buried the hatchet long ago, but Green told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski during a joint interview about the complex emotions he was feeling in the wake of the team suspending him for a game. Notably, that he thought the organization, including friend and general manager Bob Myers, had turned on him.
“I started to tell myself in my mind, ‘Wow, [Myers is] flipping on me,'” Green said.
“And it just felt like, ‘Wow, OK, is this not the guy I’ve known for all these years? Is he turning on me?’ And I started to tell myself all of these things, and then everybody’s like, ‘Oh my God, the Warriors sided with Kevin Durant.’
“That was the hardest thing for me, because a lot of people don’t understand me. Bob does.”
Ultimately, Green realized he was the one to blame.
“Bob and [head coach Steve Kerr], they told me, like, ‘You need to apologize to Kevin,’ before I got suspended. And I said, ‘No, I’m not apologizing because y’all telling me to apologize. I’m not gonna do that.’ And I didn’t. And I never apologized to him until I came to grips with myself. … Not because of some games or the team ain’t flowing right. But I can kind of see a look in my brother’s face that I have not seen. He’s hurt. How do I fix that? And that was what bothered me more than anything.”
According to both parties, Green and Durant are friends again, and hold no hard feelings after Durant left the Warriors in free agency this offseason. Well, almost no hard feelings. Draymond did admit that a few of KD’s recent comments in the media have irked him.
“The thing that bothered me most was not that Kevin was mad or not that people were saying I was wrong or not that we lost that particular game and definitely not that Kevin decided to leave,” Green said. “The thing that bothered me the most was that when, you know, when Kevin goes on his things he’s doing in the media or stuff and he says, oh, I wasn’t a part of that. Or, like, I was different than those guys. A part of it is like, no, he [was] one of us, and it pisses me off.”