Amick: Draymond Green Will Remember Suspension

By placating Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors may have alienated Draymond Green

Reiter Than You
November 14, 2018 - 8:19 am

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The Golden State Warriors (12-3) suspended Draymond Green for one game without pay after his locker-room altercation with Kevin Durant on Monday. The Warriors beat the Hawks, 110-103, in Green’s absence Tuesday, but one must wonder whether the stink of this suspension will linger as the season progresses.

“I don’t imagine it’s going to go very well,” The Athletic senior NBA writer Sam Amick said on Reiter Than You. “We all know how Draymond is wired. What’s potentially really damaging about this for the Warriors is yes, you want to retain Kevin this year, but you’ve got Draymond coming up two summers from now. Maybe I’m being a prisoner of the moment and making too much out of the situation, but it does feel like one of those things that will certainly be remembered by Draymond when time comes for him to ponder his future. I don’t know how you get around that reality. You’re getting slapped on the wrist for leading in the kind of way (he’s used to). Draymond has zero shame about this style of leadership. This is who he is. This is what he does.”

Green and Durant had an on-court disagreement during Golden State’s 121-116 overtime loss to the Clippers on Monday. The disagreement continued in the locker room.

“He’s not going to be happy,” Amick said of Green. “The more immediate thing is where does it leave Kevin and the way he sees the situation? Is it going to be ‘Hey, thanks for backing me up, Coach Kerr, and now all is well?’ I don't really think so. This is one of those things where it’s not in a vacuum. I think there’s a bigger context in play here.”

Amick also wonders if this incident will help push Durant toward leaving the Warriors in free agency.

“The perception of how this impacts his legacy – playing within this group of guys and not really getting the type of credit you would get as a two-time champion – right now, I feel like yes, he’s going to leave,” Amick said. “We could have a whole show breaking down how the Knicks don’t look all that appealing, and the Lakers are tricky because you can’t really ride LeBron’s coattails, and the Clippers are interesting but they’re still the Clippers. So again, I don’t know where he’s going, but this propels the Kevin-leaves-Golden-State storyline in that direction – because of these dynamics getting intensified again.”