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Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Draymond Green’s late-game tiff with Kevin Durant on Monday undoubtedly warranted the one-game suspension Green received.
“We just felt like this rose to the level of acting the way that we did,” Myers told reporters prior to the Warriors’ game against the Atlanta Hawks. “That’s a decision that we have to make. I’m certainly involved in it, so is Steve [Kerr]. … This was something that required the action that we decided upon.”
With a game against the Los Angeles Clippers tied and time running out, Green grabbed a rebound, drove the length of the court and committed a turnover while Durant stood open and called for the ball.
The game went in overtime and the Clippers ultimately won.
Durant and Green got into a brief dust-up in the huddle at the end of regulation before being separated by teammates.
Multiple reports suggested the Warriors are being cautious with Durant, who will become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.
Footage culled from the incident appeared to show Durant saying, “That’s why I’m out,” as he returned to court.
Underrated part of KD vs. Dray:
”That’s why I’m out” 🧐 pic.twitter.com/ukEsbKNgMv
— Thomas Duffy (@TJDhoops) November 14, 2018
Whether accurate or not, and whether it actually is related to Durant’s free agency, is a great unknown and likely doesn’t matter with so many games left to be played. Despite the drama, the two-time defending champions remain the clear favorites once again.
Myers, Kerr and the Warriors are more concerned with the here and now, and bringing an end to their sticky situation.
“Nobody ever talks about Kevin’s free agency. It doesn’t bother any of us,” Kerr said. “This is the NBA. There’s guys either under contract, they’re upcoming coming free agents. It’s the business. We’re focused on this year.
“I don’t think anybody in our locker room, anybody on our coaching staff, thinks twice about Kevin’s free agency this summer. That’s next summer. We’re coaching this year, we’re playing this year.”