DALLAS — Because the Golden State Warriors proceed repairing inner harm within the wake of a verbal altercation between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green throughout and following a Monday evening time beyond regulation loss to the LA Clippers, Warriors level guard Stephen Curry mentioned he’s “extraordinarily proud” of the best way his staff has come collectively after the incident.
“It has been completely different. It has been robust,” Curry mentioned of the previous week, prior to Saturday’s sport in opposition to the Dallas Mavericks. “Clearly it sucks not having the ability to play. It sucks if you’re not with the staff when one thing like that occurs. However I believe the best way we have handled it as a staff, the best way Draymond’s handled it, the best way KD’s handled it, it has been nothing however professionalism and understanding that it is in regards to the staff. And the conversations that we have all had, whether or not it is one-on-one, as a staff, is maintaining that in thoughts. We now have the chance to do one thing extraordinarily particular this yr. There’s going to be ups and downs and bumps within the street, whether or not it is self-inflicted or whether or not it is from exterior.
Draymond Green’s phrases — each on Thursday and weeks earlier than Monday’s incident with Kevin Durant — supply a window into how Golden State plans to strategy this season.
Warriors ahead Draymond Green will miss at the least one sport with a sprained toe because the Warriors “determined to give him a while off,” coach Steve Kerr mentioned.
“And on the finish of the day, nothing ought to distract us from what our objective is. I believe guys have tried and are going to proceed to get to a spot the place we will proceed to transfer ahead, get again to who we’re as a staff — and as soon as we recover from these accidents, we’ll find a way to present what we’re about as a staff and do it collectively, so I am extraordinarily proud of the best way we have handled this final week. It is a possibility to actually implode and crumble, however that is not going to occur.”
Curry, who hasn’t performed since he injured his left groin in a Nov. eight loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, spoke for the primary time since each the harm and the altercation between Durant and Green. He stays assured that his teammates will probably be in a position to transfer ahead regardless of the general public setback, one which pressured Green to miss Tuesday’s win over the Atlanta Hawks as a result of of a suspension for “conduct detrimental to the staff.”
“They’ve loads of fairness constructed of their relationship,” Curry mentioned of Durant and Green. “We have won championships collectively. They’ve introduced out the very best in one another. Clearly, I do not assume they’ve had an incident to this stage, however you do not have the experiences you’ve got had and undergo the journey that we have been on and let or not it’s derailed by one thing like that. Clearly, from a private standpoint, there are issues that want to be labored by means of. That is like several relationship in life. However on the finish of the day, they each perceive that neither one of them goes to be a motive that we do not win a championship this yr. I can roll with that.”
Warriors proprietor Joe Lacob advised the San Francisco Chronicle that whereas Green “went past what we felt was acceptable” in his argument with Durant, the Warriors are dealing with issues “very appropriately.”
“It’s very a administration situation,” Lacob mentioned. “[General manager] Bob Myers and our head coach Steve Kerr are dealing with it. And so they’re dealing with it very appropriately.”
The staff’s resolution to reprimand one participant and never the opposite has raised questions as to whether or not the Warriors are giving preferential remedy to Durant, who will probably be a free agent after the season. Lacob struck down that notion.
“I’ve learn and heard all of the issues individuals are speaking about. That we’re selecting one particular person over one other,” Lacob advised the Chronicle. “We’re not selecting anyone over anyone.”
Lacob mentioned Green will get the scenario as properly. “He understands that, by the best way,” Lacob mentioned. “I have been texting with him, and he completely will get it. I do have a terrific relationship with him, and I nonetheless do.”
For his half, Curry is joyful to be again round his teammates after not touring with the group to Los Angeles for Monday’s sport. Warriors coach Steve Kerr has repeatedly praised Curry’s management potential and is glad to have him again on the bench and within the locker room whereas pressure simmers inside the staff.
“It is robust as a result of I would like to be there with my brothers in phrases of when stuff goes down,” Curry mentioned. “Win, lose or draw, I would like to be there to expertise all of it. Accidents are robust, and so they’re half of the sport, I do know that is clearly the explanation I wasn’t there, however on the finish of the day, like I mentioned, the best way that we have responded and moved ahead — cannot be extra proud of how we handled that.”
Curry likes what he has seen from his group over the previous few days in phrases of shifting ahead.
“Clearly, I am a pacesetter,” he mentioned. “I have been by means of loads with these guys. I have been right here the longest, I perceive precisely the tradition we created right here, and I am not going to let that fall from one incident like that. I might speak about all of the completely different conversations which have occurred, whether or not I have been included or not. Once more, it is nearly how we as a staff transfer ahead. I similar to the vibe. After I was within the locker room in Houston, on the bench, guys know how to have enjoyable, how to take pleasure in themselves and perceive what a particular group we have now. Not to let that fall by the wayside.”
Curry additionally praised Kerr’s potential to navigate the treacherous emotional terrain of the previous week, holding to the notion that one dangerous blowup won’t have an enduring influence on a staff attempting to win back-to-back-to-back NBA championships.
“Very genuine in phrases of not sugarcoating something,” Curry mentioned of Kerr. “Understanding the truth of the scenario but additionally strive to simply hold us targeted on how will we transfer ahead as a staff. That is actually crucial factor. One incident in November cannot taint the following six months of what we’re attempting to accomplish. He is spoke about that clearly, and I believe that is vital.”
Curry can also be assured that he will probably be again on the ground in some unspecified time in the future within the close to future. He has began to do extra particular person work on the court docket as he makes his manner again. He will probably be re-evaluated in one other week.
“Progress is shifting in the precise path,” Curry mentioned. “Have not had any setbacks or something like that. However it’s extra so about getting full vary of movement, doing so the place it is pain-free and issues like that. I am studying about this one. I can let you know every little thing you need to learn about ankles. However that is clearly a brand new one for me, so attempting to be certain I keep cautious, however realizing that we’re shifting in the precise path. So I do not know how lengthy it is going to be, however that is all I can just about ask for.”