We knew that Draymond Green and Kevin Durant were in contact throughout the 2015-16 NBA season. We also know that Green was instrumental in Durant eventually signing with the Warriors mere weeks after that season ended.
However, what we didn’t know is somewhat rather startling. Following Golden State’s Game 7 Finals loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers last June, Green remained in the parking lot of Oracle Arena. He called two people (via ESPN).
First up was Warriors GM Bob Myers, who Green told needed to go out there and sign Kevin Durant. The second call was to Durant himself. Within weeks, the two were teammates.
Now that the Warriors are one win away from completing a four-game sweep of the Cavaliers in the Finals, these two conversations tell us a lot about Green’s role in the team’s success. Sure we know he’s among the top two-way players in the game. But his handling of last year’s drama has played a role in the Warriors’ uncharted success thus far this year.
With a win in Game 4 of the Finals Friday night, Golden State will become the first team in NBA history to go through the postseason with a 16-0 record. Durant himself will likely be named Finals MVP. But Green’s role in bringing Durant to the Warriors cannot go unnoticed here.