The Golden State Warriors were de facto favorites for the 3 seasons that they had Kevin Durant. But Draymond Green accelerated his exit.
KD is one of the greatest scorers in NBA history. He won his first scoring title at the age of 22, becoming the youngest player ever to do so in 2010. Durant carried this streak on for 4 more years at OKC.
Those seasons came with 3 scoring titles and a 50-40-90 season thrown in. Durant suffered the first major injury of his career in 2014-15, but bounced back with a vengeance the following season.
What happened after Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals?
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KD’s Thunder then infamously blew a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals to the 73-9 Warriors. This precipitated in KD walking out from the Thunder and signing with Golden State.
Draymond Green and Kevin Durant narrate what exactly went down in their 2018 spat
The Warriors lost a close first matchup of the season to the Clippers in overtime in mid-November. This happened when Draymond Green was unable to make the right play as the Warriors trailed by two, turning the ball over to the Clippers and putting paid to their hopes of a W.
After Durant scolded Green for not passing him the ball, Green said “Hey, motherfker I do this too! I was going to give your a the ball if you weren’t b****ing! I do this too!”
DeMarcus Cousins immediately pulled Green away, and told him to “shut the fck up.” “No, that’s bullshit,” Green responded. “Nobody says shit to K. All he had to do was fcking run, and I would have pitched him the f*cking ball back.”
Draymond and KD told the full real story of the infamous bench fight.
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What followed after was the words that Draymond could never take back: “We don’t need you, we won without you.” Those words must have stung KD to no end, and that was the point of no return for him.