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Draymond Green, Kevin Durant's history of heated exchanges as Warriors

Draymond Green, Kevin Durant's history of heated exchanges as Warriors

Draymond Green and Kevin Durant have been here before. Long before they were Warriors teammates, though, they were friends off the court.

History shows Green played a vital role in convincing Durant to join the Warriors. But will Green now play a vital role in the Durant era ending in Golden State?

It's important to note the tiff between the teammates in Monday's overtime loss to the Clippers isn't the first time they have squabbled since Durant joined the Warriors. Each time, however, the intensity seems to increase. This time, Green crossed the line and cost himself more than $120,000 for a one-game suspension from the team.

Let's look back at the history of these two having on-court arguments as teammates the past three seasons.

Jan. 6, 2017

In Year 1 of Durant as a Warrior, Green laid into him late in a game where the team blew a 24-point lead against the Grizzlies. Durant had Zach Randolph in a 1-on-1 situation and instead of driving to the hoop against the lumbering big man, he settled for a missed 3-pointer in the 128-119 defeat.

Green wanted to use this is a teaching moment of the Warriors' offense and got on Durant for his poor decision.

This was the first time we saw Draymond visibly upset with Durant as teammates. And the newcomer had no issues with what happened.

“It wasn’t an argument at all. It wasn’t a disagreement," Durant told reporters the next day. "I felt like Draymond was emotional and something was bothering him, and he came and talked to me. He always can talk to me.

"I didn’t take it personally that he was using loud tones. That’s just how he is."

Feb. 5, 2017

Less than one month later, Durant and Green were back at it. And this time, Durant fired back.

In a loss to the Kings that snapped the Warriors' 13-game winning streak, the two found themselves in a heated exchange on the sideline. Shaun Livingston and JaVale McGee had to play peacemaker.

Again, Durant said he believed Green did the right thing.

"I didn't have any energy as far as pressuring the ball, boxing out, getting out in transition. He (saw) that," Durant said days later. "And as a teammate, you can just let me be in the clouds or you can bring me back down, and I think he did a good job."

Nov. 12, 2018

In the final seconds of regulation in the Warriors' 121-116 overtime loss to the Clippers, Durant wanted to ball in his hands for the last shot. Green wanted the ball in his hands to push it down the court. The result: Draymond stumbling, and no shot before the final buzzer.

And then, this.

https://twitter.com/ClippsMcGee/status/1062242258940874753

This was by far their most heated exchange since Durant and Green became teammates. The Warriors felt it was so bad that Green had to be suspended one game without pay.

Nov. 13, 2018

Sometimes, body language tells the whole story. If you watched Kevin Durant's press conference after the Warriors' 110-103 win over the Hawks, his face clearly showed he wasn't over what transpired with Green.

When asked if he's hashed things over with Draymond, Durant had one word: "Nah."

This story isn't ending any time soon.

Warriors' Draymond Green reveals desire to retire from NBA in 10 years

Warriors' Draymond Green reveals desire to retire from NBA in 10 years

For Warriors star Draymond Green, this offseason has been all about the Benjamins.

First, Green agreed to a four-year, $100 million contract extension with Golden State, keeping the three-time All-Star from potentially entering free agency in 2020.

Then last week, one of Green’s first investments -- Smile Direct Club -- went public on the stock market and went from a $150 million valuation to a $9 billion valuation. Draymond told Forbes that his investment is now worth 40 times what it was initially.

Green was recently asked about his future plans after basketball, and the 29-year-old has no desire to slow down his money-making moves.

“Ten years from now I'd like to be retired from the NBA, engaged in a number of business ventures,” Green told Inc.com. “And well on my way to my goal of becoming a billionaire.”

Even with seven NBA seasons under his belt, Green has played an average of almost 94 games a year, including both the regular-season and postseason play. At that rate, he would end up amassing 1,593 games played for his career if he played 10 more NBA seasons, placing him second on the NBA’s all-time games played list behind Robert Parish. 

However, Green lost over 20 pounds during the 2018-19 season and took his game to a new level in the postseason, and with today’s modern technology, players are staying fresh longer than ever before. 

I mean Vince Carter is still lacing up his sneakers next to players who weren’t even born when the 42-year-old made his NBA debut.

[RELATED: Watch Warriors star Steph Curry's dance moves at brother Seth's wedding]

We’ll see if Green can parlay his very successful offseason into his on the court play when the Warriors open up the preseason on Oct. 5 at Chase Center against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Until then, keep cashing those checks, Dray.

Watch Warriors star Steph Curry's dance moves at brother Seth's wedding

Watch Warriors star Steph Curry's dance moves at brother Seth's wedding

Every Warriors fan has seen a Steph Curry shimmy.

When the two-time NBA MVP hits a big shot, the shimmy comes out. It's a move Warriors fans love and other teams hate. 

There's no hating on Steph's latest dance moves, though. The Warriors' star point guard was on Cloud Nine and showing off his dance moves over the weekend while younger brother Seth got married in Malibu. 

The Curry brothers took center stage during the playoffs last season when the Warriors and Trail Blazers faced off in the Western Conference finals. Seth scored 6.3 points per game off the bench and then signed a four-year, $32 million contract with the Mavericks this offseason.

[RELATED: Check out Steph's $31M three-level mansion in Atherton]

The younger Curry brother married Callie Rivers, the daughter of Clippers coach Doc Rivers. There could be some real competitive H-O-R-S-E games at holidays between these families in the future.

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