Kevin Durant has admitted final season’s in-game argument with team-mate Draymond Green influenced his resolution to depart the Golden State Warriors for the Brooklyn Nets in free company.
The Warriors had been trying to win a 3rd straight NBA title with Durant – and fourth in 5 years – when an argument broke out between the pair in November 2018.
Durant reportedly ranted at Green for not getting him the ball. Green responded, reportedly by calling Durant a alternative title and telling him to depart the group as a result of the Warriors had been a championship-winning squad with out him.
“I wish that wouldn’t have happened,” Durant informed ESPN’s First Take. “I really feel like that was a state of affairs that undoubtedly may have been averted. It actually got here out of nowhere. For us, all people [outside the team] was in search of one thing to tear us down with and I believe they used that.
“That simply introduced in a firestorm the place each day it was about my free company, each day was about my disposition as a participant, what I appear to be on the bench, what I appear to be within the recreation. It opened up plenty of nonsense that would have been averted. And me and Draymond talked about it.
“I mean, your team-mate talks to you that way, you think about it a little bit. Like I said, we talked about it. But definitely, for sure [it was a factor in leaving]. I’m not going to lie about it.”
Golden State suspended Green for one recreation within the aftermath, earlier than happening to lose within the NBA Finals in June, with an Achilles damage to Durant denting their hopes.
Durant elected to signal with the Brooklyn Nets over the summer time, however shouldn’t be anticipated to return to the court docket this season as he recovers from low season surgical procedure.
Without Durant – and injured All-Star guard Klay Thompson – the Warriors have made a 1-Three begin to the season, which took an additional flip for the more severe when Steph Curry broke his hand in Wednesday’s loss to the Phoenix Suns, leaving Golden State susceptible to lacking the playoffs for the primary time because the 2011-12 season.
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