‣ Draymond Green is expected to return to the Golden State Warriors after a 16-game absence due to suspension for hitting Suns player Jusuf Nurkic during a game.
‣ Green’s return is anticipated to significantly boost the team’s defense, as his teammate Klay Thompson describes him as one of the greatest defenders to ever play.
‣ The player revealed that a conversation with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver helped him reconsider his decision to retire, following his latest suspension and subsequent therapy.
Draymond Green is expected to return Monday vs. Grizzlies after a 16-game absence, per @ShamsCharania
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport)
So, here’s the scoop. Draymond Green, the four-time champ, was off the injury list this Sunday. Major news outlets like ESPN reported that Golden State was eyeing his return for Monday’s game in Memphis.
Green’s been out for 16 games. Why? He was suspended indefinitely for smacking Suns’ Jusuf Nurkic in the face during a game on December 12. Yup, you read that right.
But here’s the kicker. This incident came just weeks after he’d already been benched for five games. That time, he had Timberwolves’ Rudy Gobert in a headlock at the start of the season. Not exactly a great start, huh?
Then came the tweet. “Draymond Green is expected to return Monday vs. Grizzlies after a 16-game absence,” read the post from Bleacher Report. The tweet was dated January 14, 2024.
Steve Kerr, the Warriors coach, dropped the news over the weekend. He was hoping to see Green back on the court soon, either against the Grizzlies tonight or the Utah Jazz later this week. “He has been working out every day and I talked to him this morning,” Kerr shared, sounding hopeful.
The Warriors have had a so-so run without Green, going 8-8. His absence has left a noticeable gap in the team’s defense. Klay Thompson, his teammate, explained why Green’s so crucial. “He has an ability to communicate, get us into defensive sets and guard multiple positions,” Thompson said, praising Green’s defensive skills.
Thompson seemed confident that Green would readjust to the game flow easily. “Should be easy for Draymond. He’s one of the greatest to ever do it,” he assured. “I don’t see it being too tough on him.”
There’s more to the story, though. Last week, Green revealed that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver talked him out of retirement. Green admitted he’d told Silver, “Adam, this is too much for me… It’s too much. It’s all becoming too much for me, and I’m going to retire.” But Silver wouldn’t have it. “You’re making a very rash decision and I’m not going to let you do that,” he responded.
Green appreciated Silver’s support. “We had a long conversation, which was very useful to me. I’m very grateful to play in a league with a commissioner like Adam who is more interested in helping you than hurting you,” he shared.
After his latest ban for hitting Nurkic, Green underwent therapy. The league released a statement, saying Green had shown his willingness to conform to the expected behavior of NBA players. “I was wrong,” Green admitted. “I was wrong regardless of what I was trying to do… I was wrong. I accept my fault in that and I apologize.”