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If teams think the recent drama surrounding the Golden State Warriors is going to derail the two-time defending champs, Steph Curry has a message: Keep dreaming.
Curry is still out with a groin injury, but he spoke with reporters Saturday and addressed for the first time the confrontation between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant. He said he was "extremely proud" of how the team has handled a situation that could potentially derail another championship run.
"It sucks when you're not with the team when something like that happens," Curry said. "But I think the way we've handled it as a team, the way Draymond's handled it, the way KD's handled it, it's been nothing but professionalism and understanding that it's about the team."
"We have the opportunity to do something extremely special this year," Curry added. "There's going to be ups and downs and bumps in the road, whether it's self-inflicted or whether it's from outside.
"And at the end of the day, nothing should distract us from what our goal is. … I'm extremely proud of the way we've handled this last week. It's an opportunity to really implode and crumble, but that's not going to happen. "
Green was suspended one game for the now-famous verbal altercation with Durant during and after Monday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Golden State called Green's behavior "detrimental to the team," with reports that Green had some choice profane words for Durant and his contract situation.
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Everyone involved has attempted to downplay the drama, or at least its potential impact on the team dynamic. For his part, Green seemed completely unconcerned about any lasting damage.
"We're not panicking," Green said Friday. "We're still the best team in the league. We're still going to win a bunch of games and go win another championship."
Curry shared Green's lack of concern and expressed confidence that his teammates would be able to work things out.
"They have a lot of equity built in their relationship. They've won championships together. They've brought out the best in each other," Curry said. "Obviously, I do not think they've had an incident to this level, but you do not have the experiences that you've had and go through the journey that we've been on and let it be derailed by something like that. "
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