Draymond Green says nothing as small as an argument between teammates can stop the two-time defending NBA champion Warriors.
Green spoke for almost 2 1/2 minutes at the team’s morning shootaround Thursday in Houston and didn’t take any questions afterward regarding his highly publicized altercation with Kevin Durant earlier this week.
“What you must know is nobody in this organization from a player, not myself, not Kevin, not anybody else, is going to beat us,” Green told reporters (via The Athletic). “So if you’re one of them other 29 teams in this league, you’ve got to beat us. We’re not going to beat us. We’re going to continue to do what we do. … If this only makes Kevin and myself and the rest of my teammates stronger, that’s what it’s going to do. You think you saw something before, good luck with us now. We’re not going to crumble off of an argument.”
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The 28-year-old Warriors forward was involved in the verbal altercation with Durant during the team’s 121-116 overtime loss to the Clippers on Monday and their argument reportedly continued in the locker room after the game. The team then suspended Green for its 110-103 win over the Hawks a day later.
For his part, Durant has said he’ll keep the details about the altercation “in-house.”
Now, Green said, he and Durant have spoken and are “moving forward.”
“I think there’s no secret that I’m an emotional player and I wear my emotions on my sleeve,” Green said. “I play with that same emotion. You know, sometimes they get the best of me and it doesn’t work to my favor. I’m gonna live with that because it works in my favor to the good as my resume speaks and this team’s resume speaks more so than it doesn’t. And so I’m never going to change who I am, I’m going to approach the game the same way that I always do.”
In the aftermath of the argument there have been multiple reports about how Durant’s impending free agency next offseason is affecting team chemistry. In the wake of what might’ve been said during or after the argument, one anonymous Warrior reportedly said there’s “no way” Durant would return to Golden State after this season.
“I’ve read a lot about how ‘Is this the end of the run?’ or ‘Is it over?’ Or did I ruin it? Or did I force Kevin to leave?” Green said. “At the end of the day, as I’ve said before, whatever Kevin decides to do, whatever Klay decides to do, whatever who decides to do, we had great years together and I support everybody wholeheartedly 100 percent because as a man, as a human being, you’ve got the right to do what you want to do with your life. I’ll never question that.”
The Warriors return to action Thursday when they face the Rockets at 8 p.m. ET.