It is fair to say that ESPN writer Ethan Sherwood Strauss has ruffled a few feathers in Oakland after his astonishing recent article claiming that Draymond Green caused chemistry issues between the Golden State Warriors players last season.
In the piece, Strauss quotes former Warriors big man Marreese Speights as saying that Green and Klay Thompson "got into it" on numerous occasions, something he took to Twitter to deny.
However, it's clear that the Warriors will be a target for everybody this season and will face scrutiny on multiple fronts, something which they will quickly have to get used to.
But Steph Curry says that when it comes to criticism of a teammate, he'll always be ready to defend him and decided to respond to the report involving Draymond.
"Honestly, none of that stuff (the negativity) has crept in," Curry said, per Sam Amick of USA Today. "We have to respond. Obviously the article about Draymond, we all thought it was ridiculous and kind of looking through a keyhole at somebody’s life that you don’t really know about."
Strauss also painted Green in a positive light, suggesting that he is the most important player on the Dubs roster, but it was his revelations of the All-Star's antics off the court that unsurprisingly made the headlines.
"Throughout the season, Green, in the guise of motivation, would berate his co-workers during games and practices; on multiple occasions he had to be separated from teammates," Strauss wrote.
But Curry insists the team is focused on one goal this year and will not allow any outside talk to affect their mindset and what it is they want to achieve.
"We see every single day what goes on, what a guy like Draymond brings to the table for us, how he makes us better, how KD (Durant) does that for us, what Klay (Thompson) does for us, all the way down the list," he said.
"And we appreciate everybody’s role. We appreciate what our common goal is. When we get back in the locker room, and practice, and when we’re by ourselves, the mood is pretty solid, something that I’m pretty confident will allow us to have maturity when it comes to the noise around us and how we handle it and not letting that affect how we play on the court and how we see each other and let that get in the way.
"I’m going to do my part in trying to lead that charge, and make sure it’s all about basketball."