Warriors Address Draymond Green's Suspension in Team Meeting

The Golden State Warriors recently held a team meeting to discuss the indefinite suspension of forward Draymond Green

by Faruk Imamovic
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Warriors Address Draymond Green's Suspension in Team Meeting
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The Golden State Warriors recently held a team meeting to discuss the indefinite suspension of forward Draymond Green, focusing on his recent behavior and the team's commitment to supporting him as an individual beyond the basketball court.

Emotional Conversations and Accountability

Stephen Curry, the Warriors' guard, described the team meeting as honest and emotional, with a central theme of commitment to Green.

"The conversations we had yesterday were about him and making sure the focus is getting right and getting on a path that's going to allow him to be who he needs to be as a person, a man, a father, a husband, and basketball player, in that order," Curry said.

He emphasized the importance of holding Green accountable for his actions and what needs to change.

Green's latest altercation, involving Phoenix Suns center Jusuf Nurkic, was just one of several incidents in the past year raising concerns about his conduct.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr pointed out that these actions differ from Green's past ejections for arguing with officials. Kerr expressed his belief in Green, emphasizing the need for change not only for his career but for his life.

The Road to Personal Growth

The Warriors organization and the league see Green's suspension as an opportunity for personal growth. General manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. suggested that the suspension have no set timeline to provide Green with the time he needs.

However, Dunleavy acknowledged the uncertainty regarding future incidents, underscoring the team's commitment to assist Green. The league announced that Green's return would depend on meeting specific conditions set by the team and the league.

NBA executive vice president Joe Dumars highlighted the importance of Green's mental and emotional well-being.

"We want to see you at your best, and the best way for you to do that is to get yourself mentally and emotionally back to where you need to be," Dumars said.

Kerr acknowledged that professional assistance is necessary for Green's journey, stating, "We're not qualified to offer some of the things he needs." The team's approach reflects a comprehensive understanding of the challenges athletes face and the importance of supporting their overall well-being.

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