Draymond Green says the pain of the Warriors' Finals failure is still fresh

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With the Olympics on the horizon, the NBA Draft come and gone and free agency beginning on Friday, the spectacular conclusion to the NBA Finals is almost in the distant memory now.

That might be the case for fans of the game, but as much as the Cleveland Cavaliers are surely continuing to bask in the glory of their first-ever NBA championship, the Golden State Warriors are equally continuing to lick their wounds and rue their game seven defeat.

After winning a record-setting 73 games during the regular season, the Golden State Warriors came within one game of winning back-to-back titles and hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy once more.

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They held a commanding 3-1 lead in the Finals, but after Draymond Green suffered a suspension for game five, the Dubs would go on to lose the next three games straight - something that hadn't happened to them all season long - and surrender their crown to LeBron James and the Cavs.

Green will be a part of the 12-man roster for Team USA at the Olympics in Rio this summer and at a youth basketball camp in Harlem, New York with his fellow Olympians, Green described how the pain of their collapse is not just something he can forget.

"That will never wear off," Green said. "We had an opportunity to win a championship. That never goes away. [But] you got to move on. ... Of course it is [still fresh]. But that don't mean I am coming into this like, 'Oh man, I am mad at Kyrie.' Number one, they beat us, so you respect that. Number two, we are here for this. It is not about anybody's personal feelings. It is about representing the country."

Team USA are widely expected to grab gold for the third successive games in Brazil this summer, but can the Golden State Warriors recover and win the NBA title next year?

It's been reported that in a bid to ensure they do, they are targeting Kevin Durant in free agency. Further reports have suggested that the Warriors are one of six teams who have been granted a sit-down meeting with the Thunder forward - who is also on Team USA this summer - when free agency begins at 12:01 am on July 1.'s Ohm Youngmisuk asked Green what he thought about KD's potential arrival to Golden State:

"I don't know," Green said. "There's different dynamics to everything. At the end of the day, there is nothing set in stone. I don't worry about things I can't control."

As great as Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Green and Durant is on paper, the chemistry wouldn't be the same. The Warriors would likely have to drop Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli in free agency - two big contributors from the bench - and Durant would not settle for being the third option on offence.

With three of those four on Team USA this summer, it will be interesting to see how they gel.

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