Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green faces an indefinite suspension from the NBA following an incident during Tuesday night's game against the Phoenix Suns. The league announced the suspension on Wednesday after Green struck Suns center Jusuf Nurkić in the face, earning him a flagrant foul 2 and his third ejection of the season.
The NBA's release stated that the decision takes "into account Green's repeated history of unsportsmanlike acts." Joe Dumars, the NBA's operations chief, confirmed that the suspension begins immediately, marking Green's second suspension this season.
The league stressed that Green's return is contingent on meeting specific conditions set by both the league and the Warriors team.
Green's Response and Warriors' Concerns
In response to the incident, Green expressed regret, particularly towards Nurkić.
"I am not one to apologize for things I mean to do, but I do apologize to Jusuf because I didn't intend to hit him," Green said post-game. He explained his actions as an attempt to "sell the call," a strategy that unfortunately resulted in an unintentional hit.The financial impact of Green's suspension is substantial. He stands to lose $153,941 per game for a suspension under 20 games, increasing to $202,922 per game if it exceeds that duration. This development comes at a challenging time for the Warriors, with the team currently struggling at a 10-13 record.
The absence of key players Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins exacerbates the team's need for Green's presence on the court.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr emphasized this need, saying, "We need him. We need Draymond. He knows that.
We've talked to him. He's got to find a way to keep his poise and be out there for his teammates."
Green acknowledged the importance of his role and Kerr's message, stating, "Like I said, if I intended to do that, then I would feel awful about not being there. But my intentions were just to sell the foul."