Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green was initially upset about the comments former teammate Kevin Durant made about him after he was suspended for slapping Phoenix Suns center Jusuf Nurkic las month.
But Green’s anger subsided when he said on his podcast Monday that he saw the comments “through the right mindset, through the right lens” and decided not to take offense.
On his part, Durant said he meant no“ill will” toward Green, his ex-teammate on the Warriors.
“I’m glad he’s back. I’m glad he can move past that. Draymond is an incredible teammate,” Durant said after the Suns lost to the LA Clippers. “He got his times where he lose his temper but everybody has those times. I’m sure they’re all happy to have him back.”
Durant added: “I know some people look at me as this malicious snake, passive aggressive. I know how people feel about me sometimes. When I say (expletive) I don’t mean no harm about nobody. I don’t mean to disrespect him or his family if he felt that way. I’m just glad he’s back on the court.”
Green returned last Saturday after serving a 12-game suspension by the NBA for smacking Nurkic. The incident was just over a month after he was also suspended for putting the Minnesota Timberwolves Rudy Gobert into a headlock.
Draymond Green on his podcast said he realized being angry with Durant and others who suggested that he get help was unproductive.