Earlier in the season, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green got into a heated exchange following Green’s poor decision making that continued all the way to the Golden State Warriors’ locker room.
The forwards said a lot of stuff to each other, but it all went out of proportion when Green dared Durant to talk about his impending free agency. The Warriors eventually suspended Green, and they allegedly buried the hatchet for the sake of the team.
However, it looks like Green isn’t the one to forget so quickly, as the power forward seems to have taken a subtle shot at Kevin Durant during a recent appearance on The Paul Rivera’s podcast.
Green was lauding LeBron James and how he paved the way for other athletes to find success, but it looks like he also made the most of the opportunity to insinuate Kevin Durant was nothing short of a LeBron’s copycat.
“He laid the blueprint out and I think so many people are afraid to say that they try to follow him. So many people make a mistake trying to mimic what Bron, and Mav, and Rich, and Randy have accomplished. People make mistakes trying to mimic it with a twist. They say ‘oh yeah we’re going to do that but then we’re going to add this twist to say that it’s our idea’ and that twist completely f***s the idea up (laughs)”, Green said during his interview.
Naturally, the internet lost it and saw these statements as a slight diss track about his soon-to-be ex-teammate, more than just him just praising LeBron James.
Perhaps that’s just mere speculation and there’s nothing going on between the two, as Green said that was all water under the bridge and has had nothing but praise for Durant throughout the course of the season.
Still, Kevin Durant is most likely heading out the door and Green has addressed that situation a couple of times, so it’s pretty clear that he’s kind of sore for the way Durant has handled his contract situation.
Durant will be an unrestricted free agent next season and latest reports tie him with a potential move to the New York Knicks, where he may join Kyrie Irving and, if the Draft Gods are with them, even Zion Williamson.
As for Green, he’s still under contract until 2020, and whether the team hands him a contract extension or not is yet to be seen. For now, all they can do is work together en route to a potential three-peat to put the cherry on top of the sundae of one of the most entertaining dynasties we’ve seen in the NBA.