‘If they haven’t talked, I’m sure they will’ — Myers & Kerr address decision to suspend Draymond

Warriors bosses played it cool in wake of move to banish 3-time All-Star

Karl Buscheck
November 13, 2018 - 6:38 pm

Before the back-to-back champs hosted the Hawks on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena, both Bob Myers and Steve Kerr took the podium to address the one-game suspension of Draymond Green.

Neither the president of basketball ops nor the head coach were in the mood to reveal much in the wake of the ban, which stemmed from Green and Kevin’s Durant’s incident on Monday night.

“I’m not going to answer anything in any detail,” said Kerr, who followed Myers at the dais. “It stays within the team.”

Speaking before a standing-room only audience in the interview room at Oracle Arena, the usually expressive Myers kept his answers short, leaning on clichés. The exec didn’t say much when asked if Durant and Green have patched up their differences.

“I don’t know the answer to that,” Myers said. “If they haven’t talked, I’m sure they will talk. I know both of them. I know what they want to accomplish this season."

Asked if Durant’s impending free agency, which reportedly arose during Monday night’s dispute, is festering in the locker room, Myers offered the following:

“I don’t think it is,” Myers said. “I’m sure that’s going to be the idea in some people’s minds.”

Kerr hit a similar note when asked about the same topic.

“Nobody ever talks about Kevin’s free agency,” Kerr said. “It doesn’t bother any of us.”

Not even in this situation?

“No,” Kerr continued. “No. This is the NBA. The guy’s are either under contract or they’re upcoming free agents. It’s the business. We’re focused on this year.”

“So, I don’t think anybody in our locker room, anybody on our coaching staff, thinks twice about Kevin’s free agency this summer. That’s next summer. We’re coaching this year. We’re playing this year.”

Kerr did offer a bit of comic relief amid the, at times, tense press conferences. When asked about his own experience as a player, sparring with Michael Jordan, Kerr quipped:

“When you play at a really high level and you’re competitive, things happen... By the way, I kicked MJ’s a--.”

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