It’s hard to imagine a Warriors without Draymond Green; but there was a moment, exactly in 2016, in which he himself thought “one hundred percent” that his stage in the Oakland franchise had come to an end.
We talked about February 27, 2016. That day, on the way to breaking the record for victories in the regular season, Golden State was visiting Oklahoma City Thunder – even with Kevin Durant -. The game was exciting but would be remembered more by the confrontation that starred Steve Kerr and the aforementioned Green. After several misunderstandings during the crash came the break, at which time both had to be stopped by the other players so that the dispute didn’t go to higher consequences.
Green left the court believing that he had signed his sentence. He feared that the relationship between the two parties had irreparably broken and that the Warriors would prefer to stay with Kerr. With that thought, he now confesses to Howard Beck of Bleacher Report that he felt he felt the Warriors would trade him. “One hundred percent saw it like that. Especially with the success he was having as a coach. It’s just not something you get rid of.”
At that time, in which Green was seen with a foot and a half outside the Warriors, he could not understand that just such disputes would end up shaping a relationship that Kerr now defines as full trust. “We have a great relationship. I think that having gone through so many things in recent years now allows us to shout at times and discuss things passionately. We trust each other. I think he is now more willing to accept what Bob Myers and I said a few years ago,” said the Golden State coach already immersed in this course.