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Did the Warriors break up the Cavaliers? Tristan Thompson responds

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Did the Warriors break up the Cavaliers? Tristan Thompson responds

When LeBron James left Cleveland for Los Angeles, some wondered if he made the decision because he realized he couldn't beat the Warriors with that Cavs team.

So the narrative began: The Warriors broke up the Cavs team that had won the Eastern Conference four straight years.

Cavs big man Tristan Thompson was asked about that by Chris Haynes on the Posted Up podcast and didn't agree ... sort of.

"No," Thompson hold Haynes. "I think…the NBA changes every four years, by the way. Every four years, it’s like a new team rises and teams start to drop."

So, Thompson is equating the demise of the Cavs with the regular ebb and flow of the league.

Then Thompson gave the Warriors a little credit.

"The Warriors did a good job taking us down and beating us," Thompson said. "But at the same time, when you lose in the Finals, you just can’t keep coming back with the same thing, you’ve got to change stuff up. And for us, we went different directions and guys went different place and did what was best for themselves, which is fine with me."

In addition to losing LeBron last summer, the Cavs fired head coach Ty Lue after an 0-6 start to this season. At the end of November, Kyle Korver was traded to Utah. In early December, George Hill was sent to Milwaukee as part of a three-team trade with Washington. And J.R. Smith has been away from the team since mid-November. Two summers ago, Kyrie Irving forced a trade to Boston.

"Everyone’s happy, though," Thompson told Haynes. "Everyone’s happy. All my guys are happy. Talked to Kyrie, he’s happy in Boston, he’s playing great. Bron is happy in LA, he’s doing great. Kev is here with me still. We’re chillin’."

The Cavs enter Friday's game against Utah with the worst record in the East at 8-30.

The Warriors may not have directly led to the downfall of the Cavs, but they certainly played a part.

Tristan Thompson shares initial reaction to Kevin Durant joining Warriors

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Tristan Thompson shares initial reaction to Kevin Durant joining Warriors

Kevin Durant and Tristan Thompson may have been part of heated battles in the last two NBA Finals, but deep down, they are brothers.

Both attended the University of Texas, Durant four years prior to Thompson. But the connection between the Warriors forward and the Cavaliers center comes before those battles for the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

So, how did Thompson feel when Durant signed with Golden State after the Cavs stunned the 73-9 Warriors the 2016 NBA Finals?

"At the end of the day, Kevin is my brother and I remember sleeping on his couch when he was in college when I would come to visit," Thompson told Yahoo's Chris Haynes on the Posted Up podcast. "He’d look out for me. Obviously, I was shocked, but at the same time, I know what he wanted and it was to be in a position that he felt like, he wanted to be part of something special. He saw that in Golden State, he wanted to win a championship, he wanted that ring, and at the end of the day, for you to continue to grow as a brand, as a business. You know, having a ring is definitely great for your resume, so I definitely understand that."

Durant received a ton of criticism for his move from Oklahoma City to Oakland. But with two NBA championships and two NBA Finals MVPs, it's clear Durant made the right choice.

His Texas brother, Tristan Thompson, can see that, even if he cost the Cavs center a chance to win another title.

Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson addresses relationship with Draymond Green

Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson addresses relationship with Draymond Green

The visual evidence says otherwise, but according to Cavs center Tristan Thompson, there is no beef between him and Warriors forward Draymond Green.

In a recent sitdown interview with Yahoo's Chris Haynes, Thompson was asked about the status of their relationship.

"I got no problem with him," Thompson said on the Posted Up podcast. "We talk. We talk. It’s cool. He’s got a great situation there in Golden State."

Thompson and Green famously got into a shoving match in the finals seconds of the Warriors' overtime win in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals after Thompson committed a flagrant foul on Warriors guard Shaun Livingston. Thompson was ejected for his role in the incident.

As Thompson was being removed from the court, he made a gesture towards Green that indicated he wanted to meet him outside for a fight.

Green responded after the game.

“I can’t meet him outside of here because I’ll still get fined,” Green told the media at Oracle Arena on June 2. “But I can meet him in the streets any day.

“You can say something like, ‘Meet you at the bus.’ I’m going to keep taking care of my family. I ain’t going to meet you at the bus. But the summer, you can meet anybody anywhere, so all this, ‘Meet me outside,’ ‘Meet me at the bus’ . . . I ain’t going to give up money for that. If you want to see me somewhere else, that’s fine. Any time.”

Green upped the rheteric at the Warriors 2018 Championship Parade.

"We just cut from a different cloth," Green said. "A lot of guys in this league, they just soft. We just cut from a different cloth."

Then, in late July, a report surfaced that Thompson attacked Green at a party hosted by LeBron James. Green refuted the incident the next day.

Haynes asked Thompson if the fight actually happened, but the Cavs big man danced around answering it.

"Man, I had a great summer," Thompson said with a smile on his face. "I had no issues. My summer was great. Yeah, I had a good summer."

So, after ALL of that, Thompson now says the two stars are okay. We'll let you decide if you believe that or not.

The Cavs and Warriors will meet on the court one final time this season, on April 5 in Oakland.