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Draymond Green tells all on Kevin Durant leaving Warriors for Nets

Draymond Green tells all on Kevin Durant leaving Warriors for Nets

It's a moment that will never go away. Only those involved can know the kind of impact it had on the Warriors. When Draymond Green and Kevin Durant were seen feuding on the bench in a November game against the Los Angeles Clippers, the internet went wild. 

And for good reason. 

These are two of the biggest basketball stars on the planet, playing for the most watched team in the country. Green crossed the line, too, sources told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole.

Months later, however, Durant -- who left the Warriors for the Nets this summer in free agency -- and Green seem to have moved past the incident. 

"I actually talked to K yesterday," Green said to ESPN's Rachel Nichols in an interview that aired Wednesday on "The Jump." "That's my brother. If someone would have told me, 'Man, Kevin Durant's gonna come to the Warriors and you guys are going to win two championships and then have a shot at winning a third, would you take that?' In a heartbeat. That was a major success." 

Once Durant decided to leave Golden State for Brooklyn on the first day of free agency, Green felt no ill will towards his former teammate. He also had no idea which way Durant would lean with his decision. 

"I found out that he was picking Brooklyn when everybody else found out, which is exactly how it should be," Green said. 

"He don't owe it to me to tell me before everybody else," Draymond continued. "We did what we had to do. The thing that people forget about in this league is this is our lives. I'm not about to go to Kevin Durant and say, 'Hey Kevin, can I get my fiancé pregnant?' But that's my life. I'm sorry but that's my life. 

"Am I supposed to come to you and A) Let you know that that's what I wanna do? Or B) Ask you for permission? No. So I found out when everybody else found out, which is exactly how it should be." 

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The duo won two championships together as Warriors and created plenty more headlines. It's safe to say the headlines won't stop, and neither will each other's quest for another ring.

Doc Rivers clarifies how Clippers acquired Paul George, Kawhi Leonard

Doc Rivers clarifies how Clippers acquired Paul George, Kawhi Leonard

“Mr. Ballmer, I love the things you do and what you stand for, but your team is not good enough and if you don’t change your team, I’m not coming.”

That was the blunt statement Kawhi Leonard gave to Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer during the team’s recruitment meeting with Leonard prior to the start of NBA free agency, as told by head coach Doc Rivers in a recent conversation with the Los Angeles Times’ Arash Markazi.

“We actually had a list of guys, which was a mistake, but we got lucky,” Rivers said. “We shouldn’t have had a list, because then he got to choose who he wanted to play with and the assumption was that we could get them. We didn’t know if we could get anybody. We just showed him guys that we thought would match him and when he saw Paul George’s name he said, ‘I want to play with him.’”

The Clippers clearly needed some star power if they wanted to compete for championships, as Rivers and his club have been unsuccessful in advancing past the first round of the playoffs three of the last years, including missing the postseason entirely in 2017-18. The Clippers did make some noise in the 2019 Playoffs, taking a pair of games from the Warriors before ultimately succumbing in a six-game series defeat.

LA parted with a record-number of draft picks to make the trade work with the Oklahoma City Thunder, sending a total of six future first-round draft picks and former first-rounders Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari to acquire George.

“Steve Ballmer was nervous about the picks,” Rivers said. “I said, ‘Steve, you keep saying six picks for Paul George is insane, but you’re saying it wrong. It’s not six for Paul; it’s six for Paul and Kawhi. So three for each. I would do that.’ You have to look at it in those terms.”

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After the dust settled on 2019’s topsy-turvy free agency period, the new-look Clippers stood with arguably the best superstar duo in the NBA, as Kawhi is coming off a dominant season ending with his third championship and second Finals MVP, while George was named to his first All-NBA First Team in a breakout season.

There’s no doubt Ballmer and Rivers now believe they have the best team in a wide-open NBA, but Steph Curry and Draymond Green may have something to say about that when the Warriors and Clippers face off in the first regular-season NBA game at Chase Center on Oct. 24.

Warriors' Klay Thompson gives Zaza Pachulia car as retirement gift

Warriors' Klay Thompson gives Zaza Pachulia car as retirement gift

Get you a friend like Klay Thompson.

The Warriors star shooting guard has endeared himself to Dub Nation and the NBA world alike through a number of classic moments from his scaffolding interview to heckling Christian Yelich at Wrigley Field. Thompson's budding bromance with former teammate and current Warriors consultant Zaza Pachulia also has captured the attention of most Warriors fans.

Thompson and Pachulia became good friends during the center's time in the Bay, and with Pachulia electing to hang up his sneakers to join Golden State's front office, Klay had to get him a retirement gift.

A really nice one.

Man, I need to get better friends.

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Thompson currently is recovering from his torn ACL, but it doesn't look like it's dampened his spirits at all this offseason. Thompson has been in France, London, San Francisco and who knows where else with his girlfriend Laura Harrier.

No word yet on whether or not rookie Jordan Poole is getting that double date with Zendaya, though.