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Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors speaks at a press conference during media day prior to the start of the NBA Finals at Chase Center on June 01, 2022 in San Francisco, California. The Golden State Warriors will play the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on June 2, 2022. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images


  • Kevin Durant has a lot of thoughts on the Draymond Green-Jordan Poole situation
  • Durant believes his issues with Green pale in comparison
  • Questions of team chemistry are expected to hound the Warriors this season

Kevin Durant is no stranger to dealing with Draymond Green during his time with the Golden State Warriors, but he is not entirely sure how this current chapter between the latter and Jordan Poole will work out.

Speaking with ESPN, Durant was adamant that his situation with Green is completely different from the incident involving Poole since the veteran leader of the locker room punched the lights out of the young up-and-coming guard.

"That's not the same situation... It's no comparison to that... heard people say that that happens a lot in the NBA. I had never seen anything like that before. But what me and Draymond did a few years back, that [expletive] happens all the time," Durant initially mentioned.

"So it's easy to get through something like that, but I don't know what this situation is like."

NBA fans can recall the tumultuous 2018-19 season of the Warriors as Durant's free agency was up in the air at that time which featured "KD" and Green fighting during the end of regulation and latter being forced to apologize to Durant.

The Warriors were in the hunt for a three-peat that season, but the heated issues between their forwards took centerstage and eventually led to Durant's departure in the summer of 2019 to the Brooklyn Nets.

Durant and Green came together in 2021 for a sit-down talk on Bleacher Report and they concluded that the forced apology initiated by head coach Steve Kerr and general Bob Myers sank their chances of retaining Durant.

The all-time great scoring forward noted that Poole and Green seem to be on better terms now since the incident.

"It seems cool, everybody's back to normal... Anything around our sport that doesn't just involve the game of basketball -- once it gets to that type of stuff, I try to stay away from it. It has nothing to do with anybody else but those people in the locker room," Durant shared.

The Nets star later mentioned that he had not seen a player punching another teammate since they had only heard the stories, particularly that of Michael Jordan and Bobby Portis, and stressed that injecting themselves into the conversation does not matter since "it's none of our business."

It should be noted that the Warriors' management decided not to suspend Green for his actions, opting instead to fine him.

Many then questioned the Warriors' front office for letting Green get away with a practical slap on the wrist and wondered whether it will affect the Warriors this season.

While there are more questions than answers at this stage, Green and Poole's interaction throughout the season will be a story to watch.

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Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors is congratulated by Draymond Green #23 and Andrew Bogut #12 after he dunked the ball against the Denver Nuggets at ORACLE Arena on April 02, 2019 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images