Golden State Warriors’ forward Draymond Green has recently begun counseling and is expected to face a suspension of at least three weeks, sources within the league have revealed. The NBA announced an indefinite suspension for Green after he struck Phoenix Suns’ center Jusuf Nurkić in the face during a recent game.
This suspension is not an isolated incident; it stems from Green’s history of unsportsmanlike behavior, according to Joe Dumars, NBA executive vice president. Indeed, this marks Green’s sixth suspension in the NBA, along with an astonishing 20 career ejections.
As part of his suspension, Green will be working closely with the Warriors and the NBA. He has been understanding and prepared to undergo the necessary counseling to rectify his behavior and return to the team. It is projected that Green’s suspension will last approximately 12 games.
Despite Green’s absence from the court, the Warriors have managed to maintain a solid record. They have won two out of three games since Green’s ejection and went 2-3 during his last five-game suspension. This indicates that the team has learned to adapt to his absence and still perform at a competitive level.
In light of the indefinite suspension, Green has publicly apologized to Nurkić, clarifying that he did not intend to strike him and was merely attempting to sell a foul. The incident has prompted speculation about Green’s approach and behavior both on and off the court.
Warriors head coach, Steve Kerr, has expressed hope that the suspension will lead to a positive change in Green’s approach and overall life. Kerr believes that this time away from the game will allow Green to reflect on his actions and make the necessary adjustments to become a better player and teammate.
As Green continues his counseling and the Warriors navigate their games without him, it remains to be seen how the team and the player will move forward. It is clear, however, that this suspension serves as a warning and an opportunity for Green to reevaluate his behavior and strive for improvement both on and off the court.
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