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Kevin Durant is insisting that a heated confrontation last week with Golden State Warriors teammate Draymond Green won’t impact his decision to either re-sign with the organization or walk in free agency in 2019.

“Nah, (it won’t factor),” Durant told Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes on Tuesday. “Because at the end of the day, I’m just a ballplayer that’s just trying to be in a great environment to play basketball and groom my skills every day. And I want to compete on a level that once the game starts, I’m just totally comfortable with my surroundings, with just going out there and being me.”

Durant says he’s prepared to leave the past in the past and move forward with Green, who reportedly dared Durant to find a new home next summer since the Warriors have proven they can be successful without him.

“I never really felt like it was a problem, because I know Dray and he says some crazy (expletive) out his mouth all the time,” said Durant. “But on top of that, it was just that there was so much coming with it from the outside, and so much stuff that we have to answer now.”

Green was issued a one-game suspension last week by the Warriors for conduct detrimental to the team for his altercation with Durant both during and following the team’s overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 12.

The two chatted days later in Houston to clear the air and attempt to get on the same page as Golden State looks to complete a rare three-peat.

“I was upset, but I know that I can’t hold on to something like this,” Durant added. “I know that I’ve got to make a choice with myself, like how long are you going to be upset about this to the point where you’re going to let it affect what you do on the floor or how you approach the game?

“Once it gets there now, I got to make a grown-man decision and tell myself, ‘Look, man, no matter what, you still got to come to work every single day. It’s going to work out. It’s going to figure itself out.’ And I think everyone’s been handling it the best way they could and we’re just trying to move forward with it.”

Durant is under contract this season for $30 million and has a player option for next year that he’s expected to decline in order to enter unrestricted free agency. He’s currently averaging 27.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 6.1 assists for the 12-6 Warriors, who’ve dropped four of their last five games.

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Draymond Green has finally weighed in on the tension surrounding the Golden State Warriors in the wake of his heated argument with Kevin Durant during Monday’s overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

“With what happened a few nights ago, Kevin and I spoke; we’re moving forward,” Green told reporters at Thursday’s shootaround, The Athletic’s Anthony Slater reports. “I think there’s no secret that I am an emotional player. I wear my emotions on my sleeve. I play with that same emotion. Sometimes it gets the best of me and it doesn’t work to my favor. I will live with that because it works in my favor to the good – as my resume speaks and this team’s resume speaks – more so than it doesn’t. So I’m never going to change who I am. I’m going to approach the game the same way as I always do.”

Durant appeared visibly upset after Green ignored him on the final play of regulation – with Green ultimately losing control of the ball and failing to get a shot off. The Warriors lost 121-116 in overtime.

As the conversation continued into the locker room, Green reportedly responded by bringing up Durant’s impending free agency.

“Like I said, we’re going to continue to move forward,” Green added. “I’ve read a lot about how ‘is this the end of the run?’ or ‘is it over?’ or ‘did I ruin it?’ or ‘did I force Kevin to leave?’ At the end of the day, as I’ve said before, whatever Kevin decides to do, whatever (impending free agent) Klay (Thompson) decides to do, whatever (whoever) decides to do, we had great years together, and I support everybody wholeheartedly, 100 percent. As a man, as a human being, you’ve got the right to do what you want to do with your life, and so I’ll never question that.”

Green added the Warriors’ dynasty won’t be ended by internal division; it’s on the rest of the league to knock the two-time reigning champs off their throne.

“What you once must know is nobody in this organization, from a player – not myself, not Kevin, not anybody else – is going to beat us,” he said. “If you’re one of those other 29 teams in this league, you’ve got to beat us. We’re not going to beat us. We’re going to continue to do what we do. I’m sorry if that ruins everybody’s stories, I know everybody’s got a job to do. I apologize for ruining your stories if it did, but if this only makes Kevin, myself and the rest of my teammates stronger, that’s what it’s going to do.

“If you think you saw something before, good luck with us now. We’re not going to crumble off of an argument, we’re going to move forward. That’s all I’ve got to say.”

Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green has an idea about why scores around the NBA have been so high to start the 2018-19 regular season: The referees are quick to blow their whistles at the slightest indication of a foul.

“It’s been called pretty tight,” Green surmised after Sunday’s loss to the Denver Nuggets, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “We were told that. Defense isn’t really an emphasis anymore in this league. So I think you’re seeing it all around the league with these high scores. We know what the emphasis is. Just got to be better and we haven’t done that in three games. Maybe we win two of them, but it caught us tonight.”

For his part, Green, the 2016-17 Defensive Player of the Year, has been whistled for fouls at a career-high rate through three games – up to 4.3 per contest from a career average of 2.8. In each of Green’s past two outings, he’s gone to the brink of ejection by accruing five personal fouls. The 28-year-old totaled five personal fouls in just eight of his 70 regular-season appearances last season.

While Green said some of the calls against the Warriors this season have been questionable, he also admitted the team is culpable for some decisions on defense that “are just dumb as hell.”

“We got to be smarter,” Green conceded. “We can’t sit there and act like every foul call on us is wrong throughout the course of the game. The officials are going to get some wrong, that’s just the nature of the beast, they’re human, that’s the game we play. To clean that up, to combat that, we can’t have the stupid ones because what they do is an inexact science. So they’re not going to get them all right, how do you combat that? Clean up our defense, stop using our hands as much, stop reaching. And right now we’re not doing a good job of that.”

Draymond Green considers himself the best trash-talker in the NBA, but he’s also learned that there are some players who can’t be rattled by his words.

That group includes NBA greats Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant.

“The guy I’d never waste my breath on? Tim Duncan,” Green said in a wide-ranging interview with Sam Alipour of ESPN The Magazine. “As a rookie, I tried talking junk to Tim, and he was like a tree staring back at me. No expression. I said, ‘All right. It’s over.’ Never talked junk to him again. After that, anytime he fell, I’d be the first person to help him up, like I was his teammate.

“I also tried talking junk to Kobe, maybe my second year. On a potential game winner, Mark Jackson put me in to guard him, and I got the stop. I said, ‘Yeah, I’m locking that s— up!’ He looked at me like I was crazy and said, ‘That miss ain’t got nothing to do with you. Sit down.’ I said, ‘Oh, s—! All right, I’m out.'”

The Golden State Warriors star also spoke about some of the most common misconceptions people have about him.

“I think I’m perceived as a prick. Which is funny to me,” he said. “I’m OK with you thinking I’m a prick because that means you 100 percent don’t know me.”

Even after LeBron James‘ arrival on the West Coast, Draymond Green isn’t sweating the potential emergence of the Los Angeles Lakers as a threat to the Golden State Warriors‘ dynasty.

“Teams worry about us. We don’t worry about nobody. We are the champs. Why do we have to worry about anybody? They have to worry about us. They say we are ruining the league. I love it!” Green told ESPN’s Marc J. Spears.

Green, of course, has plenty of head-to-head experience against James, having faced off against the King and his former Cleveland Cavaliers in each of the last four NBA Finals.

The Lakers haven’t been a threat to anyone of late, let alone the three-time champion Warriors. Los Angeles hasn’t won a playoff series since 2012 and has failed to finish above .500 in each of the past five seasons.

On top of winning the LeBron sweepstakes, the Lakers also added Rajon RondoLance Stephenson, and Michael Beasley to strengthen their case to make noise in a stacked Western Conference that also features the 65-win Houston Rockets.

The Golden State Warriors have won three of the last four NBA championships, and there is no end to their dominance in sight, as long as paying their stars doesn’t become an issue.

Kevin DurantKlay Thompson, and Draymond Green are all due a massive pay rise sooner rather than later, but Warriors owner Joe Lacob doesn’t seem to think that’s a problem.

“All good things cost a lot,” Lacob said, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “We’re going to try to sign Klay and Draymond to extensions this summer. They’ve earned the right to do whatever they want; maybe they want to wait until free agency. I can’t control that. But we’ll do whatever we can to keep them.

“We’ve proven that if we think we’re competing for a championship, we’ll be in the luxury tax. No one wants to be, but we expect to be. All I can tell you is we’re going to sit down and do our planning on how we’re going to improve the team for the future and setting ourselves up in the future. And it could go a number of different ways.”

Durant already accepted a near $10-million pay cut last season to ensure Andre Iguodala stays on board. There’s little doubt he’ll be back with the Warriors next season, but it’s hard to imagine the back-to-back finals MVP continuing to take less money to ease the luxury bill for ownership.

Thompson is ready to stick with the Warriors, but his father, Mychal, has suggested his son won’t be signing an extension this summer with an opportunity to make significantly more money in 2019. If the sharpshooter elects to forgo an extension of approximately $102 million over four years, he could potentially sign up to a five-year, $219-million deal.

Draymond Green still isn’t apologizing, nor is he backing down on his stance.

The Golden State Warriors forward said last month people should stop referring to a team’s proprietor as an “owner” because being “owned by someone just sets a bad precedent to start.”

Dallas Mavericks majority owner Mark Cuban disagreed with Green, saying team owners own equity, not people, and demanded an apology from the reigning Defensive Player of the Year to the NBA.

When he was initially asked about it, Green declined. But on Thursday, he said he understands how equity works and that he wouldn’t expect the businessman to understand where he’s coming from.

“Mark Cuban will never know or understand how it feels for me, a young black African-American, to turn on the TV and see what happened in Charlottesville. He’ll never have that feeling,” he said Thursday at Harvard University.

“So, when I say, ‘Hey maybe we shouldn’t use that word,’ to be honest, I really don’t expect him to understand where I’m coming from because he’ll never feel what I feel when I turn on the TV and see however many people are taken down by the KKK or whatever group it was. He’ll never know that feeling that I have about that.

“And you can try to understand it, and he will still never understand it to the degree that I do. … It’s not to take a shot at the owners of these entities; it’s more so trying to help spark change to help others that may be similar to me, because he may feel the same way that I feel because I’m African-American.”

Green concluded that Cuban is wrong for calling his opinion wrong.

“You can’t say I’m dead wrong because you really don’t know how it feels to turn on that TV and see a young black man shot by a police officer and he was unarmed,” he said.

“You will never get that feeling, so it’s hard to say I’m wrong.”