October 4, 2022

On Monday night, the Warriors forward teamed up with former NBA player and “The Old Man and The Three” host JJ Redick for a live podcast show in New York City. In front of a sold-out crowd, Green discussed everything from the Warriors’ recent championship run to the endless Kevin Durant-Warriors debate, which gave way to a clip on the 2016 team which has since made a lot of noise.

“The reality is, I don’t think this team will win another championship if Kevin [Durant] not coming,” Green said.

“I personally don’t think at that point Steph Curry understood, ‘I’ll have a bucket whenever I want,'” he continued. “I don’t think he was capable of it yet. I think he was still growing in there. … We got to a point where we needed to be able to give someone the ball who could just fetch a bucket. And Kevin was already there. I don’t think Steph was still there.

What followed was a barrage of angry fan reactions, coverage from shows like ESPN’s “Debatable” and a two-and-a-half-minute monologue from Nick Wright on “First Things First.”

While comments of this magnitude are bound to be controversial, the answer doesn’t take the whole picture into account. What sparked the conversation was Redick suggesting Durant doesn’t get the credit he deserves for the team’s victories in the 2017 and 2018 Finals. Green – who prefaces his take by recounting how the Opponents’ defensive game plans differed for Curry and Durant – doesn’t knock Curry but rather notes the importance of Durant’s role.

“Steph has faced so many double teams and Kevin hasn’t,” Green said. “If you watch the game, you see Steph double-teamed and Ty Lue then goes public and says, ‘I double-team Steph Curry every chance I get. Kevin was not double-teamed.

After leading the Warriors to the best regular season record in NBA history, the sharpshooter suffered a pair of injuries that forced him to miss six games in the first two rounds of the 2016 playoffs. Coupled with Lue’s double-team methods, Curry was limited to 22.6 points per game in the Finals, an oft-criticized performance as the Cavaliers erased a 3-1 series deficit to win their first championship. However, according to Green, Durant joining the ensuing offseason provided the Warriors with another high-caliber weapon, which made it harder for teams to simply grab Curry.

What has been overlooked in recent days is how Green attributes this to Curry’s development. While Durant was a warrior, “Steph [was] keep working and growing and most importantly become the strongest guy on our team,” Green said. “It allowed him to score when he wanted to because you can’t get him out of his way anymore. …That’s when Steph turned the corner and he became unstoppable. And now we can keep winning championships because he is unstoppable.

Unstoppably, Curry averaged 31.2 points per game in the 2022 NBA Finals en route to earning his first Finals MVP award. And while fans and the media are quick to speculate that Green’s comments could cause drama within the Warriors organization, Curry understood what his teammate was saying and it seems to remain all love. The guard posted to his Instagram Story on Wednesday morning to celebrate Green’s career.

So no, Draymond wasn’t shooting Curry but rather illustrating how his fellow four-time NBA champion continues to lead the team to success. While this isn’t the first time comments from “The Draymond Green Show” have sparked controversy, it likely won’t be the last.