Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green and Warriors general manager Bob Myers were on ESPN’s “The Woj Pod” on Wednesday, and Green spoke on the altercation he had with Kevin Durant last season.
During a game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Green got into an argument with Durant. In the waning minutes of regulation, Green dribbled the ball up the floor. He lost the ball as the clock ran out, and the game went into overtime.
After the game, Green and Durant continued to argue, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears. Green was suspended for one game because of the incident.
While on “The Woj Pod,” Green detailed the situation and spoke about his feelings on it.
“Bob and (Warriors coach Steve Kerr), they told me, like, ‘You need to apologize to Kevin,’ before I got suspended,” Green said on “The Woj Pod.” “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.”
Green said he was wrong in the situation, and he had to work to regain trust with Durant in the incident’s aftermath.
But Green also noted that when everything was happening, he also had second thoughts about his relationship with Myers, who he said understands 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.”
Green and the Warriors begin their regular season Thursday at home against the Clippers. The Clippers won their season opener Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.