‣ Draymond Green, a forward for the Golden State Warriors, has been suspended indefinitely by the NBA following a series of poor decisions, including punching Phoenix Suns player Jusuf Nurkic.
‣ Warriors head coach Steve Kerr sees this suspension as an opportunity for Green to change his behavior, stating that the issue extends beyond basketball and into Green’s personal life.
‣ Despite Green’s suspension, the Warriors team and general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. are standing by him, expressing hope that the suspension will provide the time needed for Green to make real progress.
“To me, this is about more than basketball. It’s about helping Draymond.”
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr says Draymond Green’s indefinite suspension “makes sense.”
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Steve Kerr, the coach of the Warriors, has a reputation. He’s like a mama bear protecting her cubs. He’s always had the back of his players, even when they’ve messed up big time. This is especially true with Draymond Green, who’s had his fair share of blunders. But this time, it seems like even Kerr has had enough.
Green, the Golden State forward, recently got into a bit of a tussle. He punched Phoenix big man Jusuf Nurkic. The NBA’s response? They suspended him indefinitely. This comes right on the heels of a five-game ban he got after putting Rudy Gobert in a chokehold.
Kerr sees this as a wake-up call for Green. He thinks it’s time for the veteran star to learn from his mistakes. “It’s about helping Draymond. It’s an opportunity for Draymond to step away and make a change,” Kerr said. But he knows it’s not going to be easy.
In a tweet, Kerr emphasized that this is about more than just basketball. It’s about helping Green. He believes the indefinite suspension “makes sense.”
Kerr doesn’t think a fixed number of games for suspension will solve anything. “That’s not something where you say, OK, five games, and then he’s going to be fine. The league did that [gave indefinite suspension]. The answer is not to pick a number [of games]. The answer is to help Draymond,” Kerr insisted.
The Warriors team stands by Green. They’re hopeful he’ll get the help he needs and change his behavior. Kerr believes in Green. “It’s about his life. It’s about someone who I believe in, someone I have known for decades, who I love for his loyalty,” Kerr explained. He wants the Green who choked Rudy, punched Jordan last year, and flailed at Jusuf to change.
Nurkic, the latest victim of Green’s outburst, doesn’t hold a grudge. He respects Green and still considers him an NBA champion and a future Hall of Famer. “I want him to succeed and still be the Draymond we all know. I have no bad feelings or any hate towards him,” Nurkic said.
The Golden State management is also standing by Green. They’re hopeful that the indefinite suspension will give him the time he needs to make real progress. General manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. sees this as an opportunity. “I think this is something that a lot of people may see as a problem, but we’re looking to turn it into a positive,” he said.
Dunleavy Jr. is optimistic about Green’s future. He believes that this is a turning point in Green’s career and life. The team plans to support Green during his suspension, although it’s not clear what kind of help they’re offering. As per the suspension rules, Green will be around the team as much as possible, but he can’t join them on game nights.