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Kevin Durant admits Draymond Green incident factored in his Warriors exit

Kevin Durant admits Draymond Green incident factored in his Warriors exit

Warriors fans always will remember Kevin Durant's time with their team. They'll remember the two NBA championships and three consecutive trips to the Finals.

They'll also remember Nov. 12, 2018.

That was the date of a 121-116 overtime loss to the Clippers that dropped the Warriors to 11-3 on the season. And while the 14th game of the season typically doesn't make or break a team, in this case, it might have broken a dynasty.

Kevin Durant and Draymond Green got into a verbal altercation on the Warriors' bench at the end of regulation after Green decided to attempt a potential game-winning shot instead of passing the ball to Durant. Sources told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole one day later that Green crossed the line by bringing up KD's impending free agency. Warriors general manager Bob Myers and coach Steve Kerr even decided to suspend Green without pay for one game. 

On Thursday, Durant, who left the Warriors to sign with the Nets in free agency, spoke on the significance of his incident with his former teammate.

"A little bit, yeah. For sure," Durant said on ESPN's "First Take" when asked if the altercation played a role in him leaving Golden State. "When your teammate talks to you that way, you think about it a bit. ... Definitely, for sure. I'm not gonna lie about it."

Green initially resented the Warriors' decision to suspend him. He felt the front office had taken KD's side and, in return, betrayed someone who had won three championships for them.

What bothered Green the most, however, was knowing he put an ugly stain on his relationship with Durant.

"The thing that bothered me most was I lost his trust," Green said on "The Woj Pod" on Oct. 23. "How do I get that back? Not so we can win a championship or we can win some games -- but I actually loved this guy, that's really my brother. And so not knowing what's next in our relationship bothered me way more."

When Durant expounded on the squabble Thursday, he said the verbal fight played right into all the outside noise surrounding the Warriors. It was the last thing they needed as a team.

And he's not wrong. The Warriors were one of the most-watched and scrutinized sports teams ever. Any crack in the armor was catnip for their critics.

"Yeah, I wish that wouldn't have happened," Durant said. "I feel like that was a situation that definitely could have been avoided. It really came out of nowhere. For us, everybody was just looking for something to tear us down with, and I think they used that. ... It opened up a lot of nonsense.

"I think it could have been avoided, and me and Draymond talked about it."

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The past is the past. The Warriors now live in a reality where Kevin Durant is a Net, Klay Thompson is unlikely to play this season as he rehabs a torn ACL, and Steph Curry just broke his hand.

Nov. 12, 2018. It's a day that forever will live in Warriors infamy.

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If Steph Curry-less Warriors hit lottery, 2020 draft pick doesn't go to Nets

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The Warriors' season flashed before their eyes Wednesday night when Steph Curry broke his left hand during a loss to the Phoenix Suns.

Golden State fell to 1-3 with the loss and could fall into a deeper hole in the extended absence of the two-time MVP. A worse record normally would lead to a higher draft position, but the Warriors traded their 2020 first-round pick as part of the D'Angelo Russell sign-and-trade for Kevin Durant. 

But, the Brooklyn Nets won't necessarily own the Warriors' pick.

As ESPN's Marcus Spears reminded his followers on Twitter on Wednesday, the Warriors' first-round pick is top-20 protected.

If the Warriors' draft pick falls in the top 20 this spring, they ultimately would owe the Nets a 2025 second-round pick. For reference, Golden State doesn't currently have any players under contract beyond 2024. 

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Curry's recovery timeline is unknown. Warriors general manager Bob Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke that Curry next will undergo a CT scan. 

Why ex-Warriors superstar Kevin Durant told Donovan McNabb to relax

Why ex-Warriors superstar Kevin Durant told Donovan McNabb to relax

You probably didn't expect to read this today, but here we are.

On Tuesday morning, ESPN's Jackie MacMullan wrote a feature story on the Brooklyn Nets, which included the following anecdotes about Kyrie Irving:

-Irving's infamous mood swings, confirmed by his ex-teammates, which followed him from Cleveland to Boston to Brooklyn, are the unspoken concern that makes Nets officials queasy.

-There has already been leeway to allow Irving to march to his own drum. The Nets are willing to look past moments like the photo shoot at the Pearl TV Tower in China, when Irving refused to remove his hat and instructed them to photoshop it out.

Additionally, Irving over the summer reportedly refused to put on a wearable device to allow the Nets' performance team to gather biometic data.

So on Tuesday afternoon, former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb put out a tweet that resulted in a two-word response from ex-Warriors superstar Kevin Durant.

Phenomenal stuff.

KD roots for the NFL team that resides in Washington D.C., so the two-time NBA Finals MVP probably grew up cheering against McNabb and the Eagles.

If so, it must have been strange for KD when McNabb played for Washington in 2010.

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Anyways, the Nets forward defended Kyrie in MacMullan's article.

"He has his way of doing things," Durant said. "I respect who he is and what he does. He has all the intangibles you want in a teammate and a great player.

"So, how he gets to the point to be ready for 7:30 every night, I'm supporting him 100 percent."

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