Draymond Green, the starting forward for the Golden State Warriors, has faced another suspension from the NBA due to an on-court incident. This marks his second suspension this season, the most recent stemming from a flagrant foul on Suns center Jusuf Nurkic. Green had previously served a five-game suspension in November for an altercation involving Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert.
The league has imposed an indefinite suspension on Green, as officially announced. He will only be allowed to return to play after meeting specific conditions set by both the NBA and the team. While serving this suspension, Green will not receive pay but can continue practicing with the Warriors, according to TNT Sports’ Chris Haynes.
Reportedly, Green has commenced counseling and is expected to remain suspended for at least the next three weeks, as per Shams Charania of The Athletic. The Warriors’ first game after this period is scheduled for January 10 against the Pelicans. However, it remains uncertain whether Green will be reinstated for that game. By that point, he will have missed 13 games.
The term “suspended indefinitely” indicates that the duration of the suspension is unspecified and not tied to a fixed number of games or days. Instead, it depends on Green meeting specific conditions related to his counseling and other league and team requirements.
NBA executive VP Joe Dumars clarified on ESPN’s First Take that the indefinite suspension was designed to allow Green the necessary time and space to address the challenges he’s facing. There is no set checklist for his return, with the league prioritizing his progress and recovery before resuming play.
The suspension resulted from Green’s striking of Jusuf Nurkic during the game, considering Green’s history of unsportsmanlike behavior, as stated in the NBA’s official release.
This is the incident leading to the suspension involving Green making contact with Nurkic’s face, leading to his ejection from the game and subsequent disciplinary action by the league.
Draymond has been ejected after flagrant foul on Nurkić pic.twitter.com/RmrLU5tdw8
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