Draymond Green said NBA commissioner Adam Silver talked him out of it

Draymond Green said NBA commissioner Adam Silver talked him out of it

Draymond Green considered retiring from the NBA after his latest suspension, and commissioner Adam Silver talked him out of it, the Golden State Warriors star said on the latest episode of his podcast, “The Draymond Green Show.”

“I told him, ‘Adam, this is too much for me,'” Green said in Monday’s episode. “It has become too much for me and I will retire.”

Green said Silver convinced him to stay in the NBA.

“Adam said, ‘You’re making a very rash decision and I’m not going to let you do that,’” Green said.

Green, 33, was suspended indefinitely in December after punching Suns center Jusuf Nurkic in the face during the Warriors’ Dec. 12 game against Phoenix, the sixth suspension of his NBA career. Green was also suspended for five games in November and one game during the 2022-23 playoffs in April.

The league regained its green color on Saturday after stopping 12 matches. Green underwent counseling for several weeks and held progress meetings with the league’s Warriors.

“Antics that I can leave behind,” Green said.

Green said he had a long conversation with Silver. He praised Silver, saying he was “grateful to play in the league with a commissioner like Adam who cares more about helping you than hurting you.” Green said he spoke with former Warriors general manager Bob Myers “twice a day” during the suspension.

“Our relationship goes far beyond him being my GM,” Green said. “Going through things like this shows what it means to be a true friend.”

Green said he let the Warriors organization down, along with the NBA and his family. Regarding what he has learned since his suspension, Green said he pledged to “be a champion for change,” accepting that there is “place for growth.”

The Warriors are 17-19 and 7-6 since Green was suspended. Golden State will play next Wednesday at home against the New Orleans Pelicans. In 15 games, Green averaged 9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game on 49 percent shooting from the floor.

Is there any importance in suspending retirement?

No, Green is in the first season of a new $100 million contract. The Warriors never expected him to walk away. He’s back in the building. The comment has been removed. He is expected to practice and scrimmage this week in an effort to get clearance from chief medical decision-maker Rick Celebrini as quickly as possible. The Warriors are a top-10 team on defense.

They need him on the floor trying to plug leaks and get this team back into the playoff mix. As long as he can stay off the suspension list, that’s the expectation. — Anthony Slater, Warriors writer

Was there a comment on the podcast that was of interest?

I thought it was interesting that Green admitted that he had to stop making excuses for some of his behavior, admitting for the first time that he could shed some of his “antics” and still remain the same exciting player and emotional leader on the field that made him a Hall of Fame performer for a fading Warriors dynasty. This is crucial.

Because the Warriors need everything Green can still provide as a defensive engine, tactical mind, and offensive playmaker. But they also can’t get any more sending offs, suspensions or even controversial clearances in the game. — Slater

Required reading

(Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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