Despite winning 73 games and holding a Championship in their name, Draymond Green denies that the pre-Kevin Durant Warriors were a great team. In an interesting quote to ESPN, the star forward said it was Durant who really pushed them to that next level.
“There’s been so much talk about how, ‘Oh, they’re the Warriors. Before Kevin got there they were great.’ Bull—-,” Green told ESPN. “We was damn good. I think we were a very good team who was tough to beat. I think when Kevin came here he made us unbeatable. When DeMarcus [Cousins] came here it made people scratch their head even more. And so we need those guys. The next series is going to be tough, and I hope and pray that we can get him back.”
“Our goal is obviously to get all three of those guys back,” Green said. “We know we’re a good team with who we have, but those guys make us great and almost unbeatable. And we know we need [Durant].”
There is a growing sense around the league that the Warriors might be better without Durant. At the very least, some are starting to question if the Warriors really need him. The team’s 6-0 record since his absence and the dominating play of Curry, Thompson, and Draymond, suggests that they don’t.
Unfortunately, KD’s tenure with the Warriors is being questioned now more than ever before. Should those Championships really count the same if he just road the coattails of Steph?
🎙️@Chris_Broussard: “Kevin Durant’s worst nightmare is coming true…
––Players around the league tell me they put an *ASTERISK* by Durant’s 2 championships––
…What in the world are they gonna think if the Warriors win this championship WITHOUT him??” https://t.co/OvsJ6XxU38
— FOX Sports Radio (@FoxSportsRadio) May 20, 2019
In the midst of these questions and doubts, the Warriors themselves seem adamant that they need Durant. They were the ones, after all, who pursued him hard in free agency after their Finals loss to Cleveland. They were the ones who sacrificed so that Durant might be the focal point of their offense.
It is true, Durant has made them virtually unbeatable — especially in a 7 game series. But whether or not they need him to go all the way is another question entirely.