Draymond tells all on ‘brother’ KD leaving Warriors for the Nets and why he inked his $100M contract

Draymond Green tells all on Kevin Durant leaving Warriors for Nets

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It’s a moment that will never go away. Only those involved can know the kind of impact it had on the Warriors. When Draymond Green and Kevin Durant were seen feuding on the bench in a November game against the Los Angeles Clippers, the internet went wild. 

And for good reason. 

These are two of the biggest basketball stars on the planet, playing for the most watched team in the country. Green crossed the line, too, sources told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Monte Poole.

Months later, however, Durant — who left the Warriors for the Nets this summer in free agency — and Green seem to have moved past the incident. 

“I actually talked to K yesterday,” Green said to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols in an interview that aired Wednesday on “The Jump.” “That’s my brother. If someone would have told me, ‘Man, Kevin Durant’s gonna come to the Warriors and you guys are going to win two championships and then have a shot at winning a third, would you take that?’ In a heartbeat. That was a major success.” 

(Full interview):

Once Durant decided to leave Golden State for Brooklyn on the first day of free agency, Green felt no ill will towards his former teammate. He also had no idea which way Durant would lean with his decision. 

“I found out that he was picking Brooklyn when everybody else found out, which is exactly how it should be,” Green said. 

“He don’t owe it to me to tell me before everybody else,” Draymond continued. “We did what we had to do. The thing that people forget about in this league is this is our lives. I’m not about to go to Kevin Durant and say, ‘Hey Kevin, can I get my fiancé pregnant?’ But that’s my life. I’m sorry but that’s my life. 

“Am I supposed to come to you and A) Let you know that that’s what I wanna do? Or B) Ask you for permission? No. So I found out when everybody else found out, which is exactly how it should be.” 

The duo won two championships together as Warriors and created plenty more headlines. It’s safe to say the headlines won’t stop, and neither will each other’s quest for another ring.


Draymond Green explains big reason he signed $100M Warriors contract

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Draymond Green could have waited until next summer to try and sign a monster contract in free agency.

Instead, he potentially left millions on the table and signed a $100 million extension with the Warriors this offseason. For Green, though, it sounds like the decision was an easy one. 

There’s no way Draymond was leaving two of his Warriors teammates. 

“I got two guys I been rollin’ with since I stepped in this league Steph and Klay,” Green said to Rachel Nichols in an interview that aired Wednesday on ESPN’s “The Jump.” “We started this whole Golden State thing when it wasn’t so sexy.” 


Clippers close to hiring Tyronn Lue as associate head coach

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The Los Angeles Clippers are close to adding Tyronn Lue to the coaching staff, according to New York Times writer Marc Stein.

Stein reported Lue’s title will likely be associate head coach.

Lue, the former Cleveland Cavaliers coach, was in talks to take the Los Angeles Lakers job in May. Talks fell apart despite a strong relationship with superstar LeBron JamesStein reported that at the time some in the organization believed hiring Lue would give James too much power and the Lakers hired Frank Vogel instead.

Now James and Lue could still be in the same building, but working for opposite teams.

Rivers led Lue into coaching

Rivers gave Lue, 42, his first shot at a coaching gig, telling the then-26-year-old player to call him when he finished his career in the 2000s.

“You’re gonna be a hell of a basketball coach,” he told him, per a story by Sports Illustrated in 2016. Lue started under Rivers with the Boston Celtics in 2009 and learned from him, eventually following Rivers to L.A. in 2013. The Clippers made it to the Western Conference semifinals.

Lue was a Cavs assistant in 2014-15 and took over as head coach midway through the 2015-16 championship season. He spent two more full seasons in Cleveland before he was fired six games into 2018-19.

Lue went 128-83 over parts of four seasons with Cleveland. It’s his only head coaching experience and the only team he’s coached for sans Rivers.

Lakers vs. Clippers heats up even more

It was an arms race for talent this summer and both Los Angeles teams delivered. The Lakers finally brought former Pelicans star Anthony Davis to the city, while the Clippers splashed by signing former Raptors star and reigning champion Kawhi Leonard and pulling off a blockbuster trade for Paul George.

The Lakers and Clippers will play on Christmas Day.


Zion Williamson on RJ Barrett: Knicks are ‘getting a killer’

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Zion Williamson continues to speak highly of college teammate RJ Barrett.

Williamson was at the Panini NBA Rookie Photo Shoot on Sunday and was asked by SNY’s Ian Begley about Barrett. Williamson described his fellow lottery pick as a “killer.”

“(Knicks fans) can expect that they’re getting a killer,” Williamson told SNY. “For the people that are trying to look down on him, RJ’s been through worse. He knows how to battle through it and he’s going to bring the city everything he’s got.”

Williamson and Barrett were close friends during their time together at Duke. The two entered college as highly-regarded recruits. They left with Williamson viewed as the best player in college basketball and runaway favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the draft, which he became. Barrett had a fine season, but didn’t quite live up to his billing as a freshman. He still was picked No. 3 overall by the Knicks, who are hoping he will become the game-changer they have lacked.

New York had a quiet offseason. They failed to land Kevin Durant as they were hoping (or not hoping?) and ended up making several under-the-radar signings such as Julius Randle, Bobby Portis and Marcus Morris.