Steve Kerr claims Kevin Durant-Draymond Green incident wasn’t a big deal
Head coach Steve Kerr lived and breathed the melodrama surrounding Kevin Durant in his last year with the Golden State Warriors. In light of all the speculation that surrounded his eventual exit, many thought the heated exchange with Draymond Green was an incident that would re-surface if Durant was to leave.
Kerr thought very differently of it:
“It just felt like it … and I didn’t give it a whole lot of thought — it just felt different, this past year felt different,” said Kerr on The Full 48 podcast with Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. “We kind of lost some momentum internally, it wasn’t anything tangible. People point to the Draymond-Kevin incident. I honestly don’t think that was that big of a deal, as crazy as that sounds. I think it was just sort of — for whatever reason — it just sort of ran its course.”
Ask Kerr if he knows the reason why this relationship between Durant and the Warriors ran its course, and he won’t be able to give you a sure-shot answer:
“I don’t know why,” Kerr admitted. “I do think we’re kind of in a different era where players are interested in new challenges. In the old days, a player would just kind of stay with the same team and it was very rare that a player left in free agency, especially if he was an MVP and his team was a championship contender.”
Many have been left puzzled at Durant’s decision to leave Golden State, which many considered as basketball’s nirvana through this five-year championship-laden stretch. But even after giving his reasoning in several interviews, no one has been able to fully comprehend why a player of his caliber would leave such a glowing opportunity to explore other ends of his craft.
One thing seems to be universal: it seems Green’s tiff with Durant early in the 2018-19 season was nothing more than a heated conversation between two teammates that happened to play out very publicly in front of prying eyes.