*Talk about effing stuff up. That’s the situation with Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green.
Because things are so heated with Green as a result of his confrontation with teammate Kevin Durant, the Warriors decided to suspended him (Green) without pay for Tuesday night’s game versus the Atlanta Hawks.
Here’s the backstory: Green exchanged words with Kevin Durant after losing the ball just before the end of regulation Monday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Watch what happens:
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— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 13, 2018
Well, according to Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com, the confrontation between Green and Durant didn’t end on the court. Nope, they were jawing at each other after the game in the locker room.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Green reportedly “challenged” Durant about his upcoming free agency and the argument remained a “simmering issue” Tuesday.
Green is also said to have called Durant “a bitch” several times, per Yahoo’s Chris Haynes. The usually quiet Klay Thompson spoke up to his teammates and “stressed the importance of sticking together.”
Charania added that the Warriors decided Green would have to sit to “cool off.”
You would think the team, now 11-3, wouldfn’t be trippin’ on a 121-116 overtime loss to the Clippers, but the fighting between two of the teams’ biggest stars is a problem that needs to nipped in the bud … if possible.
Here’s how the Bleacher Report puts it in context: Durant is in his third season with Golden State and has helped the squad win the NBA title in each of the last two years, but he is still an outsider compared to the core of Green, Thompson and Stephen Curry. Green has been with the Dubs since 2012, when he was drafted 35th overall in the second round.
So yeah, Green and Durant don’t have to be the best of friends to take win another championship, but if they become outright enemies, that will affect everything and all bets are off.
Meanwhile, down in SoCal, the Lakers and LeBron are watching with interest and are no doubt letting Durant know where he would be more than welcome.