In a contentious matchup, Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green is once again in the spotlight, this time for a forceful swing that led to his 18th career ejection.
In a critical moment during the third quarter of the Suns’ 119-116 victory over the Warriors, Green clashed with Phoenix Suns center Jusuf Nurkic. Attempting to secure a favorable position, Green abruptly swung his arm, making contact with Nurkic’s face and prompting an ejection.
Explaining the incident post-game, Green stated, “He was pulling my hip, and I was swinging away to sell the call. I made contact with him. As you know, I’m not one to apologize for things I meant to do, but I do apologize to Jusuf because I didn’t intend to hit him.”
This incident follows another altercation just a month ago when Green was suspended for five games after engaging in a physical confrontation with Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert, putting him in a chokehold.
The Suns’ player involved in the recent clash expressed concern, saying, “Personally, I feel like that brother needs help. I’m glad he didn’t try to choke me. That had nothing to do with basketball. I’m just out there trying to play basketball.”
With the possibility of a suspension looming once again, Green’s actions raise questions about his on-court conduct. The Suns improved to 13-10 on the year, while the Warriors fell to 10-13.
This marks Green’s 18th career ejection, making him the leader in ejections among active NBA players. Warriors coach Steve Kerr emphasized the importance of Green’s presence, stating, “We need him, we need Draymond. He knows that; we’ve talked to him. He’s got to find a way to keep his poise and be out there for his teammates.”
Stay tuned for further developments as the NBA addresses this latest incident involving Draymond Green.