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On June 26, 1996, the Lakers selected Kobe Bryant with the 13th overall pick.
About three weeks later, they signed Shaquille O'Neal in free agency.
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Kobe and Shaq eventually won three consecutive NBA championships (2000, 2001, 2002), and they could have won several more had they been able to co-exist. But one month after losing to the Pistons in the 2004 NBA Finals, the Lakers traded Shaq to the Heat.
There always was tension between the two players, but they were so talented that they were able to win titles despite their differences and despite swirling drama.
So, how does this relate to the current state of the Warriors? Well, Kevin Durant is very mad at Draymond Green. Things aren't going to be fixed overnight, and their relationship/friendship is on rocky ground.
After Tuesday night's win over the Hawks, Ethan Strauss of The Athletic asked Andre Iguodala if the Warriors will be able to block out the noise and and still win big if the Draymond-Durant drama continues to hover over the franchise.
Iguodala: “Shaq and Kobe ain’t like each other.”
Strauss: “But that ended in a way you wouldn’t want this to end, right?”
Iguodala: “They won three championships in a row. Ain’t that what you want to happen?”
Strauss: “I guess all things come to an end.”
Iguodala: “Everything come to an end.”
And as Klay Thompson told the media:
Klay Thompson on the Kevin Durant-Draymond Green situation: “They’re grown. They’ll be fine. I love both those guys. At the end of the day, we’re on the same team, with the same goal and that’s to three-peat. And I don’t think either of them will lose sight of that.”— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) November 14, 2018
What happens in July completely is up in the air, which is why practically everybody in the organization has publicly said the focus simply is on enjoying the moment and the process of trying to win another championship, and then worry about free agency.
After what transpired between Draymond and Durant on Monday in Los Angeles ...
... good luck with that.
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller