Durant on Warriors’ early drama: ‘We rallied around it’

Warriors star and free-agent-to-be Kevin Durant has repeatedly been linked to the Knicks.

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant suggested the sideline drama with teammate Draymond Green may not have been the worst thing for the team.

“I just try to stay focused on ball and lose myself in the game,” Durant told The Athletic. “There were times where I don’t shoot the ball well, times where the game doesn’t go my way, but I try to get lost in the game to get through a time like that. Adversity happens everywhere, happens to teams, and we rallied around it. It happens, and you lean on your love for the game.

“Over the course of the year, sometimes it’s tough to go to practice, tough stretches on long road trips. You run into obstacles and you just get through it.”

All four Warriors All-Stars — Durant, Green, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson — were back in the lineup for Monday’s home win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Warriors have won four straight, with the first three of those coming on the road.

Durant said he sought out advice on overcoming the drama and some of the Warriors’ ensuing struggles on the floor.

“People I lean on told me to stay (centered) with my thoughts and my feelings,” Durant said. “I received so many people reaching out; my former coaches saying to stay centered, stay measured, stay pushing forward and keeping my foot on the gas.

“At that time, we were losing games, and people were banged up, so it’s easy to go the other way when you’re searching for answers. It was about staying positive and going to work.”