‣ Draymond Green, a star player for the Golden State Warriors, has been suspended twice this season due to erratic and aggressive behavior on the court.
‣ As a result of his suspensions, Green’s name was left off the roster for Team USA’s 41-player pool for the 2024 Paris Summer Olympic Games.
‣ The decision to exclude Green from the Olympic team was not intended as a punishment, but rather a means to support his recovery and avoid potential drama or poor behavior during the games.
Team USA excluded Draymond Green from their 41-player pool, with managing director Grant Hill believing it was best not to include him in the Olympic pool this time around, per @ByTimReynolds
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Draymond Green, the Warriors star, is in a bit of a pickle. He’s no stranger to disciplinary actions, and this season’s been no different. Two suspensions have already been slapped on him. The first one saw him benched for five games, and the second one? Well, that got him an indefinite ban from NBA courts, lasting a whopping sixteen games.
Now, these suspensions weren’t for nothing. Green had shown erratic and aggressive behavior against Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert and Phoenix’s Jusuf Nurkic. And the fallout? It’s not just about NBA games. According to USA Basketball Men’s National Team managing director Gran Hill, these suspensions have cost Green a spot on the Olympic roster.
The 2024 Paris Summer Olympic Games are coming up, and Team USA has revealed its 41-player pool. But guess whose name was missing? Yep, Draymond Green. This omission raised quite a few eyebrows among reporters.
Grant Hill had a response ready for the questioning. He acknowledged Green’s significant contributions and his part in the organization’s legacy. But, he said, considering the events of this year, they decided not to include Green in the list at this point in the process.
Hill was quick to clarify that this wasn’t a punishment for the four-time champion. He expressed respect for all Green has achieved for Team USA. But he believes that playing in Paris won’t help Green’s recovery.
Hill assured that they understand and respect this period in Green’s career. They know he’s working through things both on and off the court. USA Basketball wants to support him on his journey, but they don’t think playing over the summer will give him the best opportunity to do what he needs to do.
Team USA’s managing director doesn’t want any drama or poor behavior in the roster. They’re focused on showing the world that the United States still plays the best basketball. This is especially important after they finished 4th in last year’s FIBA World Cup in Asia.
In other news, the Golden State Warriors honored late assistant coach Dejan Milojevic in their first game since his death. Before their matchup against the Atlanta Hawks, both teams wore shirts with the word “Brate” (Serbian for “brother”) on the front, and “Deki” (Milojevic’s nickname) on the back.
Golden State coach Steve Kerr spoke about the joy and experience Dejan brought to the team during his three years in California. He described Dejan as a wonderful friend, a great basketball coach, a beautiful grandson, son, husband, and father. Kerr asked the crowd for a moment of silence to produce “an ovation that he can hear up in heaven.” The audience responded with a heartfelt round of applause and “Deki” chants.