Warriors GM Bob Myers stays optimistic on Kevin Durant-Draymond Green spat: 'It's behind us'

The Golden State Warriors appear to be through the worst of their early-season mini-crisis.

Stephen Curry is back and crushing it, the team has won five out of seven on the heels of a four-game losing streak and — according to general manager Bob Myers — Kevin Durant and Draymond Green are cool.

Myers puts on a smile regarding Durant, Green

Myers told 95.7 The Game that he believes the two have moved on from their on-court disagreement that resulted in Green calling Durant a bitch and bringing up Durant’s impending free agency. The incident ultimately led to the team suspending Green for a game.

“They’re not the same personality,” Myers said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “Sometimes, they rub each other in different directions, and that’s really what happened. And the good thing is that they can, and they did, and they have talked plenty since then. And Draymond made a point of it to talk to (Durant) individually.

Does it matter if they get along?

Whether they truly have gotten over it, only Durant and Green know. And it doesn’t really matter if they have — in terms of this season, at least.

Plenty of teams have found success with star players who did not get along. Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant won three championships together. They seem cool with each other now now, but most certainly weren’t at the end of their time together. Their approach to the game was simply too far apart, which led to the breakup of a team that should have gone on to win more titles.

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Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant (35) pats Draymond Green (23) on the chest after a turnover during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates with teammate Draymond Green (23) during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets, Monday, May 28, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) and forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrate during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, March 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
From left, Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry display their all-star jerseys before the start of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
From left, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry laugh during their rally for winning the NBA championship Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. Oakland is celebrating its second championship in the past three years. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
LeBron James (23) de los Cavaliers de Cleveland discute con Draymond Green (23) y Kevin Durant (35) de los Warriors de Golden State en la final de la NBA, el viernes 9 de junio de 2017. (AP Foto/Ron Schwane)
Kevin Durant (izquierda) y Draymond Green, de los Warriors de Golden State, festejan durante el primer encuentro de la final de la NBA ante los Cavaliers de Cleveland, el jueves 1 de junio de 2017 (AP Foto/Marcio José Sánchez)
Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, left, looks on from the bench with Draymond Green, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. The Warriors won 119-108. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, right, receives a hug from teammate Draymond Green (23) following Game 3 of the NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green, left, and Kevin Durant pose for photos during NBA basketball media day Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green celebrates after the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 in Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals to win the NBA championship, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. Next to Green are Kevin Durant, left, and Klay Thompson. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

It does matter in the long run

Which, of course, is the larger concern in Golden State. If they stay healthy, it’s hard to imagine anyone truly standing in the Warriors way to another title this season. But with Durant’s upcoming free agency and propensity to take things personally, the concern about his leaving is very real.

Which leaves Myers with no recourse but to remain optimistic.

“I really think it’s behind us,” Myers said. “I really do … you have to flush it out, you have to get it all out there — get all your emotions out. There’s a healing part of it — you don’t get over it in 30 seconds — but you do get over it. And I honestly think they have.”

Those aren’t the words of a man whose 100 percent convinced of what he’s saying.

Durant and Green have proven they can work out their differences on the court and win games. Whether they still want to after the season’s over is another question altogether.

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