Much has been made of Kevin Durant’s jersey being retired – by both the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors. Draymond Green has now stepped into the debate and in his mind it is clear whose side he is taking here.
In a recent interview on CBS Sports Radio, Green admitted he wasn’t happy with all the talk about jersey retirement. According to the Dubs star, this question shouldn’t even be discussed:
“I’m mad at KD for even talking about this,” Green admitted. “I mean, what KD brought to this franchise, I’m not even going to talk about or discuss. Some things are just a given and you leave them where they are. And that’s one of them.
In a previous interview, Durant made his position clear. He knows what he’s brought to the Thunder and Warriors franchises and there’s no doubt in his mind that he should have both teams retire:
“Every one of those places I’ve played is my home,” Durant said. “I can imagine when I’m done, and I don’t think any of these franchises would be like, ‘No, K, what you did here is not part of our story. “”
“OKC have to take my shirt off,” KD continued. “It wouldn’t even be good for basketball if they didn’t. The same with Golden State.
There is very little doubt, if any, as to whether or not the Thunder should retire Durant’s jersey. His stature with the Warriors, however, is a little more controversial. The fact that KD only spent two years with the Dubs is probably the biggest hesitation some people have about KD retiring his jersey at Golden State.
For his part, however, Green has none of these slanders. When asked to explain his answer, talisman Dubs explained that he believes the Warriors should honor KD for all he has done for the franchise, no matter how short his tenure:
“I just don’t need to beat a dead horse,” Green said. “Kevin Durant Retiring His Jersey – Is That Even A Discussion? Is It A Realistic Thing? Is Kevin Durant NOT Retiring His Jersey At Golden State, Even A Possibility? I Don’t Think And I Don’t Like wasting my time. I feel like talking about Kevin Durant retiring his jersey at Golden State is a complete waste of time.
“The man won two MVP finals, two championships, like, I don’t care if he was only here for those two years. You win two MVP finals, two championships, discussion over.
Green was also asked to share his thoughts on the Thunder’s retirement of KD’s jersey. The Warriors star got brutally honest with his response:
“I think it’s even more ridiculous,” he said. “I think it’s even more ridiculous than the Golden State Warriors.”
It’s hard to argue against Green here. We all know how he and Durant had an infamous argument during their time together as teammates, but it’s clear that they’ve now put that issue behind them. There is nothing but respect between these two all-time greats.