Draymond Green finally revealed the truth: the Golden State Warriors would not have won in 2017 and 2018 if not for Kevin Durant. It was surprising he made the revelation after the back-and-forths between the two former teammates.
"We would not have beat the Cavs without Kevin"
The 4-time NBA champion made a guest appearance on The Old Man & The Three podcast hosted by JJ Redick and Tommy Alter. Green revealed two of his four championships would not have been possible without Kevin Durant.
"We did everything we could to make Kevin comfortable. We did everything we could to let him know, 'Just like this is our home, this is your home, too, brother.' But the outside world didn't. The outside world [is saying], 'He's joining a team that won 73 games, he's joining the team that already won a championship' and blah, blah, blah. But the reality is, I don't think that team wins another championship if Kevin doesn't come … We would not have beat the Cavs coming back around without Kevin."
Durant earned flak for leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors squad in 2016. For fans, you should never join a team that just beat you in the playoffs. For critics, KD chose to easy path to winning championships. But for Green, who had several verbal jabs thrown at Durant in the past, without the Brooklyn Nets star, GSW would have lost to LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017 and 2018.
Durant's arrival changed the landscape in the NBA. Teams have begun assembling stacked rosters with three superstars. However, in 2019, Kevin decided to play for the Nets, ending his storied stint in Golden State, where he won two titles in three years.
Green settles the beef with KD
With his admission, the bashing towards KD should stop. Durant was not a bus driver in Golden State. Instead, he played with a stacked team that needed him to defeat LeBron James. The Warriors had a loaded roster at that time, but they felt it wasn't enough. The Slim Reaper's controversial move now seems validated by Green's statements.
Durant didn't rely on his All-Star teammates in Golden State. Instead, he contributed and became a significant factor. Kudos to Dray for clearing things up; despite what he had to say to his former teammate and those narratives created by the media, he still had to give props to KD and recognize his contributions.
It's time for people to stop hating on Durant. Green has now explained and credited the man who helped them win. Critics should move on and find other things to hate about Kevin because the Golden State Warriors saga is now closed.