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NBA superstars Kevin Durant and Draymond Green haven't always seen eye to eye, but in an interview on Bleacher Report's Chips series, the pair agreed on one thing: their infamous 2018 argument was only an issue because the Golden State Warriors made it one.
Durant and Green were teammates for three years on the Warriors "super team" that won back-to-back NBA championships in 2017 and 2018. The pair had semi-regular disputes, but the bickering boiled over during a November 2018 game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Green failed to get a shot off at the end of regulation, which sent the game to overtime, and when Durant snapped at Green on the sideline, Green unleashed a tirade on Durant. In June 2019, Durant left the Warriors to sign with the Brooklyn Nets.
In the Chips interview, Green asked Durant "for his own personal sanity" if their argument was a factor in his decision to leave Golden State.
“In my opinion, they f--ked it up” 👀@Money23Green and @KDTrey5 call out Bob Myers and Steve Kerr for how the Warriors handled their infamous argument vs. the Clippers in 2018
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"It wasn't the argument," Durant told Green. "It was the way that everybody, (coach) Steve Kerr, tried to act like it didn't happen. (General manager) Bob Myers tried to just discipline you and think that that would put a mask over everything."
Durant said he didn't feel like he and Green were ever able to resolve their issues, only avoid them, because of the way the franchise managed the conflict.
"We just needed to throw all of that s--- out on the table and be like 'Yo, that was f---ed up.' ... I don't think we did that," Durant said. "We tried to dance around it. I just didn't like how all of that, just the vibe between all of that, made s--- weird to me. ... Communication is key, and we didn't show that and that's what rubbed me the wrong way more than anything."
After the argument during the Clippers game, Green was fined and suspended for a game without pay by the Warriors. Green agreed with Durant that if their argument had been handled differently by the team's leadership, it would not have been as bad as it became.
"In my opinion, they f---ed it up," Green said. "They're like, 'We're going to suspend you for this game.' I laughed. I literally laughed in their face, and Bob said to me, he said, 'Wow, that was not the reaction I was looking for or expected.' I said, 'Well, either I'm gonna laugh in your face or I'm gonna cuss you the f--- out.' So it's interesting to hear you (Durant) say essentially the same thing that I told them that day."
Green and Durant also discussed Durant's journey through the NBA, his burner Instagram account and the 32-year-old's future.
"I definitely want to stay involved in the game. I'm learning so much now I don't know where I could use it at: coaching, GM, ownership. I feel like I'm gathering so much knowledge that I could be useful in any part of this game," Durant said, "But outside of that, I've had an interest in the tech world, media, space, art, all of that stuff that I enjoy doing my leisure time, I want to get involved in at some point."
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Kevin Durant, Draymond Green blame Warriors for fallout from fight