The entire league had its eyes peeled on the Golden State Warriors after Kevin Durant and Draymond Green went at each other late in their recent game against the L.A. Clippers. The now-squashed beef between the two volatile personalities, while it lasted, teased on a window of opportunity for the rest of the NBA, hoping that the Warriors' dynasty is finally beginning to crumble.
However, Golden State has ironed out matters and the fate of their reign won't be decided by the verbal exchange between Durant and Green — and the same can be said for the back-to-back Finals MVP's future as he nears free agency.
“Nah, [it won’t factor],” Durant told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes. “Because at the end of the day, I’m just a ballplayer that’s just trying to be in a great environment to play basketball and groom my skills every day. And I want to compete on a level that once the game starts, I’m just totally comfortable with my surroundings, with just going out there and being me.”
It was the perfect cue for the media to pounce on the Warriors — losers of five of their last seven games after their matchup with the San Antonio Spurs — while they're down. But Kevin Durant knows Draymond Green too well and he's able to see beyond the hype that is being generated by their recent squabble.
“I never really felt like it was a problem, because I know Dray and he says some crazy [expletive] out his mouth all the time,” Durant told Yahoo Sports. “But on top of that, it was just that there was so much coming with it from the outside, and so much stuff that we have to answer now.”
The Warriors are gunning for a three-peat and such accomplishment will further cement their place in NBA lore as perhaps a top-five team ever. Once they reach that goal, the players will have etched a legacy of their own. Kevin Durant can move anywhere, but doing so as a back-to-back-to-back champion and, possibly, Finals MVP could make every current inconvenience all worth it.