Not just the “victim”, Jusuf Nurkic, also his attacker, Draymond Green, commented on what happened during Suns-Warriors last night. The Golden State player hit the Bosnian with a punch to the face that appeared to be voluntary and was ejected immediately. A new suspension is now feared for Green after a five-game suspension for trying to strangle Rudy Gobert.
Dray, who has been guilty of many such behaviors over the years, commented on the incident in the postgame: “Nurkic was holding me by the hip and I was flailing to ‘sell’ the call to the referees, so I hit him. As you know I am not one to apologize for things he did voluntarily, but this time I apologize to Jusuf. It was not my intention to hit him.”.
Who knows if these words will be enough to convince Adam Silver not to disqualify Green, even though the NBA in recent months has been growing increasingly impatient with the player’s over-the-top behavior.
Warriors’ Draymond Green on his ejection: “[Suns center Jusuf Nurkic] was pulling my hip and I was swinging away to sell the call and 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. I didn’t intend to hit him.”
– Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) December 13, 2023