Draymond Green has spoken publicly for the first time since being handed an indefinite suspension from the NBA.
Green, who was suspended on Wednesday, Dec. 13, was reinstated by the league on Saturday, Jan. 6. On Monday, Jan. 8, Green addressed his suspension and journey to reinstatement in a new episode of “The Draymond Green Show.“
For 50 minutes, a contrite Green took things back to the flagrant foul on Jusuf Nurkic that led to his suspension before walking through what he has done for the three and a half weeks he was suspended, including a revelation that he considered retiring.
Here is a recap of what Green had to say.
Draymond Green apologizes for his actions
After apologizing to Nurkic on the night when he committed the flagrant foul, Green again was remorseful on his podcast. And while Green admitted that a large part of his edge as a competitor comes from toeing the line by mixing things up, he added, “I have no problem with admitting I have walked over that line. And for that, I apologize.”
Green extended apologies to his family, the Warriors organization, owner Joe Lacob, teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and head coach Steve Kerr. Green simply said, “I failed miserably.”
Draymond Green responds to criticism from media and peers
Green shared that after committing the flagrant foul on Dec. 12, he sat alone in his man cave for two days with no one outside of his wife knowing his whereabouts.
It was during that time that Green said he paid attention to what media pundits and his peers were saying.
Green added that he exited from the man cave on Dec. 14 after receiving a FaceTime call from his three-year-old daughter, who recognized where he was.
On the same day, Green shared that he received an emotional visit from Kerr, who told him, “I want you to end this the right way. I want us to end this the right way. You’re not doing that right now. So I want you to do what you have to do to get in a space to where you can do that. And that we can do that.”
During his time in solidarity, Green shared that he initially took exception to people on TV saying that he needed help before realizing that “you’re heading back down the same path that you’ve been allowing yourself to go down with that mindset.”
Green added that “it pissed me off” when Kevin Durant spoke on his changing since their time as teammates, echoing the sentiment that he needed help.
After doing some self-reflection, Geen went on to acknowledge that “I’m not even close to the same Draymond that I was in 2017” and realized that Durant didn’t mean harm by his comment by removing negative connotations from needing help.
“What’s the point of having all the resources if you’re not gonna use them?” Green asked. “It is immature, it is quite frankly, stupid.”
Green also admitted that Stephen A. Smith “pissed me off” by calling Curry’s leadership into question over Green’s actions. Rather than responding with negativity, Green offered an apology to Curry for an action that would cause anyone to question him as a leader.
Draymond Green reveals he considered retirement
Green, 33, revealed that during the process he considered calling it a career. He recalled a conversation with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in which he shared a plan to retire.
“I just told him, ‘Adam, this is too much for me. … This is too much. It’s all becoming too much for me — and I’m going to retire,'” Green recalled. “And Adam said, ‘You’re making a very rash decision and I won’t let you do that.'”
Green spoke on the support he received from Silver, NBA Executive Vice President Joe Dumars and the Warriors organization as he received guidance through the process.
He also discussed his journey with counseling and therapy, sharing that, “I didn’t just start therapy. … I still have a lot of things to work on but I am enjoying that work. “
Green looked back at his suspension as a “blessing in disguise,” allowing him to recalibrate and get back where he needed to be. He also credited LeBron James, Chris Paul and Tom Izzo as three individuals who kept in touch with him and provided support throughout the process.
Draymond Green vows to be a ‘champion of change’
With Green’s reinstatement, he is expected to be back in a Warriors uniform during the weekend of Jan. 12.
When he’s back on the floor, Green has vowed to display his evolution while still doing some of the same things that give him his competitive fire.
“I’m not gonna not mix things up on the court,” Green said. “I love this game, I love to compete… I can get rid of the antics. I’m more than capable of doing that. I look forward to it.
“Not many times do people get a second or third or fourth chance. But I get a chance to show my growth.”
As Green wrapped things up, he emphasized that moving forward, his focus lies within representing his family, friends, the Warriors and the NBA the right way.
Source : ESPN.com