Warriors’ Draymond Green tries to clarify Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving comparison


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Two-time NBA champion Kevin Durant is mostly held in excessive regard for his sharp taking pictures expertise. 

Regardless of main the league in scoring 4 occasions all through his prolific profession, Golden State Warriors ahead Draymond Inexperienced lately asserted that Durant shouldn’t be thought of the NBA’s greatest scorer. 

At one level throughout a current version of the “Draymond Inexperienced Present,” the Warriors star started evaluating Durant to Dallas Mavericks star Kyrie Irving. 

Inexperienced performed alongside Durant in Northern California for 3 seasons. Whereas Inexperienced and Durant appeared to get alongside sufficient to win a pair of championships collectively, the underlying rift between them appears to have grown lately.


NBA gamers Kevin Durant (L) and Draymond Inexperienced attend a 2023 FIBA World Cup exhibition sport between Puerto Rico and the USA at T-Cell Enviornment on August 07, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The USA defeated Puerto Rico 117-74.  (Ethan Miller/Getty Pictures)

Shortly after Inexperienced’s bodily altercation with Phoenix Suns heart Jusuf Nurkic, Durant publicly shared his hope that Inexperienced would finally search the “help he needs.”

“That was insane to see,” Durant stated in December. “Glad Nurk is all proper. By no means seen that earlier than in a basketball court docket in an NBA sport. I hope Draymond will get the assistance he wants. It has been incident after incident. I do know Draymond, and that is not… he hasn’t been that manner once I was round him and coming into the league. Hopefully, he will get the assistance he must get again on the court docket and put all these items behind him.”


Inexperienced took concern with Durant’s feedback and determined to fireplace again throughout a January version of his podcast.

“I am going to let you know, it actually p—ed me off when Kevin Durant stated, ‘He wasn’t like that once I was round. I hope he will get the assistance he wants,'” Inexperienced stated on the time.

Draymond Green looks on court

Draymond Inexperienced #23 of the Golden State Warriors seems on in opposition to the Cleveland Cavaliers throughout the first half of an NBA basketball sport at Chase Middle on November 11, 2023 in San Francisco, California. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Pictures)

Inexperienced tried to make clear his most up-to-date evaluation of Durant by arguing he was being complimentary of the Suns star.

“The world will take this in just like the flawed manner and attempt to make it one thing it is not, when it is truly a praise. … I stated Kyrie Irving is the scorer that the world thinks of Kevin Durant. What I meant by that was there are some issues at occasions that you are able to do to Kevin to make it a little bit harder on him. 

“Why? As a result of he is seven toes, and he handles the ball quite a bit. There are occasions as a result of he is seven toes, in case you time it proper, you’ll be able to stress up and press up into Kevin and make issues a little bit bit harder. He has to show his again or one thing, simply get him out of rhythm a little bit bit.”

Inexperienced then provided a considerably convoluted rationale behind why he believes Irving’s skillset presents such a difficulty for opposing groups.

Kyrie Irving returns to Brooklyn

Kyrie Irving #11 of the Dallas Mavericks goes to the basket throughout the sport on February 6, 2024 at Barclays Middle in Brooklyn, New York.  (David L. Nemec/NBAE by way of Getty Pictures)

“Kyrie Irving, you’ll be able to’t do something to make it onerous on him,” Inexperienced asserted. “You may’t make the sport robust for Kyrie. He is probably the greatest three-point shooters, he is probably the greatest mid-rangers, if not arguably one of the best, he is arguably one of the best finisher within the NBA. 

“He has floaters with both hand, he can end with both hand on the rim, Kyrie may change and shoot a mid-range bounce shot together with his left hand… There’s truly nothing you are able to do to cease Kyrie from scoring. You simply attempt to do all you’ll be able to to make him take a troublesome shot and then you definitely gotta dwell with the outcomes.”


The NBA reinstated Green in January. He inked a four-year contract extension with the Warriors in late June. He was named the NBA’s Defensive Participant of the 12 months in 2017 and has lengthy been thought of a key piece of the Warriors’ dynasty that produced 4 NBA titles.

Inexperienced misplaced simply shy of $2 million in wages whereas he served the suspension, in keeping with ESPN. 

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