The Rush: Durant and Draymond squash beef, break down what went wrong

Draymond Green interviewed his former teammate and fremenie Kevin Durant to clear the air about their infamous spat during a game against the Clippers in 2018. Durant reveals how the aftermath of the argument factored into his decision to leave the Warriors for Brooklyn… but something doesn’t quite add up. Plus, NBA 2K22 ratings dropped, and KD has something to say about that too.

Video Transcript

DRAYMOND GREEN: Because I've been getting my ass kicked ever since you left. So just for my own personal sanity, how much did our argument against the Clippers drive you to ultimately leave the Warriors?

JARED QUAY: Damn, my man Draymond Green is working on being the next Barbara Walters with loaded questions like that. Green interviewed his former teammate Kevin Durant for "Bleacher Report" and addressed the elephant in the room.

- What has the elephant got?

JARED QUAY: Remember when these two got into a spat on the Warriors bench during a game in 2018. Ever since, people have figured that was a factor in KD leaving Golden State.

KEVIN DURANT: It wasn't the argument. It was the way that everybody, Steve Kerr act like it didn't happen. Bob Meyers and them tried to just discipline you and think that that would put the mask over everything. We just need to throw all that shit out on the table. And say yo, Dray, K, that was [BLEEP] that we even had to go through that. Let's just wipe our hands with that and go finish the task.

JARED QUAY: So KD wanted management to intervene, play mediator. How about you, Dray?

DRAYMOND GREEN: They try to tell me, you need to apologize. And I told them, I'll talk to K. But y'all aren't going to tell me what I need to say.

JARED QUAY: Oh, I get it. Management did intervene. But Draymond wasn't trying to have that conversation. So KD realized that management tried. But Draymond was stubborn as hell. And it was his fault, right?

DRAYMOND GREEN: I said the only person that can make this right is me and K. And there is nothing that y'all can do. And y'all are going to [BLEEP] this up. And in my opinion, they [BLEEP] it up.

KEVIN DURANT: I think so, too.

JARED QUAY: Wait, what? That don't make no damn sense. KD wanted management to step in, and they did. But Draymond wasn't having it. So these two just decided not to say anything to each other and let bad blood boil?

- Awkward.

JARED QUAY: One thing that doesn't add up, though, back in November of 2018, KD sat down with Yahoo Sports Chris Haynes and said this about the argument.

KEVIN DURANT: I know I've got to make a choice in myself. How long are you going to be upset about this?

JARED QUAY: Apparently, my man chose to be upset enough to break up a damn dynasty. Man, that ain't right. You know what else ain't right? The NBA 2K 22 ratings.

The ratings came out yesterday. And the top overall rating is 96 with KD, LeBron, Giannis, and Steph Curry all tied up. Once again, KD has his thoughts.

KEVIN DURANT: Yeah, pretty much with everything great. That's why I should be a 99.

JARED QUAY: And KD ain't wrong about this either. Did the 2K people not see what he did in the playoffs? He should definitely get that 99.

I mean, the Joker was MVP last season. And he ain't even at the top of the ratings. Look, 2K, we know what you're trying to do.

You're not trying to pick a side, all right. Having all the best players at the same rate in '96 is playing it safe, all right.

Is LeBron the GOAT or not? He's at least a '99 even a year '18, all right? And let's be honest, all right, I don't want to play the game if nobody can shoot 3-pointers better than '96.