Draymond Green suspension NBA's Joe Dumars explains decision, says everyone agrees he needs help
Concerned about Draymond Green's indefinite ban for swinging at Phoenix Suns center Jusuf Nurkić on Tuesday night, NBA executive vice president and head of basketball operations Joe Dumars clarified the reasoning on Thursday.
The signing of Gibson came days after Knicks big Mitchell Robinson had left ankle surgery. Robinson, who went down in their loss to the Celtics last week, will miss 8-10 weeks after surgery. Robinson, 25, was averaging 6.2 points and 10.3 rebounds before his injury.
Green's difficulties are familiar to Dumars, who discussed the punishment on ESPN's "First Take".
You wanna see guys grow and you wanna do what's best for them," Dumars. "Clearly something is up. His actions have crossed a line, and we must address them.
Announcing the punishment Wednesday, the league said Green must meet unspecified league and team criteria before returning to the floor.
Green's "repeated history of unsportsmanlike acts," something the NBA has said about him since his one-game ban in a playoff series with the Sacramento Kings last season. Second suspension this season.
Attempts to verify the minimal number of games that Green will miss were met with resistance from Dumars, who emphasized the importance of Green's health.
The reason we don't have a number is because the help that he needs to get, getting himself better, is what's most important, he stated.
Andre Iguodala, who played with Green for almost a decade, became NBA players' union executive director last month. Exceptional Iguodala helped craft the suspension in his new role, Dumars said.
Dumars listed Warriors coach Steve Kerr and general manager Mike Dunleavy as supporters, along with Iguodala.
No resistance, Dumars said. Everybody is on board with, You know what, this is the right thing to do to help him get better. Just hours after Dumars' TV interview, the Warriors added Green to the seeming harmony.
We know there's a punishment, but this is about helping, Dunleavy told ESPN's Kendra Andrews. They agreed fully. Draymond did too.
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