Steph Curry addressed the Draymond Green-Kevin Durant situation for the first time since the Warriors teammates had their dust-up Monday in Los Angeles, then sorted things out in the days afterward.
Though he still was out Saturday in Dallas, Curry met with the media prior to the Warriors' game against the Mavericks, and he was asked what the mood has been like around the team the last week.
"It's been different. It's been tough," he said. "Obviously, it sucks not being able to play. It sucks not being with the team when something like that happens. But I think the way we've handled it as a team, the way Draymond is handling, the way KD is handling it has been nothing but professionalism and understand that it's about the team.
"And the conversations we've all had, whether it's one-on-one, as a team, it's keeping that in mind, we have an opportunity to do something really special this year. There's going to be ups and downs, bumps in the road, whether it's self-inflicted or from the outside, and at the end of the day, nothing should distract us from what our goal is.
"Guys are going to continue to get to a place where we can move forward and get back to who we are as a team, and honestly, once we get over these injuries, we'll be able to show what we're about as a team and do it together. I'm extremely proud of how we've handled this last week because there was an opportunity to implode and crumble, but that's not going to happen."
Green and Durant have been friends long before they teamed up on the Warriors. Curry spoke about the relationship between the two All-Stars.
"They have a lot of equity built in that relationship," Curry said. "We've won championships together, they've brought out the best in each other. Obviously, I don't think they've had an incident to this level, but you don't have the experiences you've had and go through the journey we've been on and let it be derailed by something like that.
"Obviously, from a personal standpoint, there are things that need to be worked through, and that's like any relationship in life. But at the end of the day, they both understand that neither of them is going to be the reason we don't win a championship this year. I can roll with that."
Curry, who is recovering from a strained left groin, wasn't with the team in Los Angeles when Green and Durant went at each other in the huddle at the end of regulation against the Clippers.
"It's tough because I want to be there with my brothers, in terms of, when stuff goes down, win, lose or draw, I want to experience it all," Curry said. "Injuries are tough, and they are part of the game. That's obviously the reason I wasn't there. Like I said, the way we responded and moved forward, can be nothing more than proud of how we handled it.
Curry is the Warriors' leader. Despite the fact that he has been ruled out for all three games in Texas, the team made sure to bring him along for the trip to try to play peacemaker.
Curry talked about his role in keeping things together.
"Like every other guy on the team, obviously, I'm a leader," he said. "I've been through a lot with these guys. I've been here the longest. I understand exactly what the culture is that we've created here, and I'm not going to let that fall from one incident. I can talk about all the different conversations that have happened, whether I've been included or not, but again, this is about how we move forward.
"I just like the vibe. When I was in Houston on the bench, guys know how to have fun, how to enjoy themselves and understand what a special group we have and not let that fall by the wayside."
Curry has been doing drills on this road trip. He worked out and got shots up in Houston and Dallas, and he's expected to be re-evaluated by the training staff on Nov. 24.