Warriors’ Draymond Green Doesn’t Regret Choking Rudy Gobert, Commentary – NBC Sports Bay Area and California

Warriors’ Draymond Green Doesn’t Regret Choking Rudy Gobert, Commentary – NBC Sports Bay Area and California

Draymond Green broke his silence Sunday on his latest comment, speaking with local reporters for more than 20 minutes after a Warriors practice at Chase Center.

While images of Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert choking Green on Nov. 14 shocked the NBA world, the Warriors forward made it clear he wouldn’t change anything about how the situation unfolded.

“I don’t live my life with regrets,” Green said. “Like I said before, I’ll stick up for a teammate anytime I’m in a position to stand up for a teammate. This is a team. You stick together through the good and the bad and I take that seriously.” I pride myself on being a good teammate. This is the time I come in here every day. “That’s No. 1 on my list, to be a good teammate.”

The incident, which occurred less than two minutes into the Warriors-Timberwolves game 12 days ago at Chase Center, began when Warriors guard Klay Thompson and Timberwolves guard Jaden McDaniels got into an altercation, leading to all the players on the court converging on each other in an altercation.

As Gobert began to grapple with Thompson, Green pounced and put the Minnesota big man in a headlock, holding him for several seconds before being yanked away from Gobert.

Green, Thompson, and McDaniels were all ejected from the game.

A day later, the NBA issued a five-game suspension, again determining that Green’s past transgressions played a role in the lengthy discipline. Thompson, McDaniels and Gobert were each fined $25,000 for their roles in the altercation.

“They made it clear that they would hold against me everything I had done before,” Green said. “They’ve made that clear and that’s good. I need to deal with where I see fit, where my teammates see fit, where my coach sees fit, where our front office sees fit, and the people I care about, and I’m confident in that.” When I hear them say something, it means something to me, and that’s all the people who are here in this crisis every day.

“I think the consensus among all of us is that I’ll still be me no matter what and that’s not going to change. But when I say there’s always a better way to do something, and then I think discover a better way,” that’s the consensus among all of us. But I can’t play basketball, like, ‘Man, I can’t do this because they’re probably looking at it.’ They’re going to do what they’re going to do no matter what, and I’m not going to play basketball worrying about what they’re going to do.

“I want to play basketball the way I play, the way I play basketball got me here. The way I play basketball has brought me a tremendous amount of success, both individually and from a team standpoint. So I will always be myself and not Change that. But like I said, I understand and I know that there is room for growth, there are different ways of dealing with things and I need to be better in those moments, in different situations.”

Green knows he’s being judged by the NBA’s unofficial “Draymond Rules,” fair or not. His past will always play a role in any future punishment.

But Green also won’t waste time worrying about how the NBA will distribute suspensions or fines to other players involved in other incidents.

“I’m not the type to sit and compare myself to other players because they’re not me and I’m not them,” Green said. “So I’m not one to say, ‘Man, you didn’t do that to this guy.’ And that’s also hate, where I grew up, you don’t sit around and talk about what another man got or didn’t get this or got that. Why didn’t I understand that? I don’t compare myself to other people or myself. So I never look at it in that light.

Although Green understands and accepts that the NBA will use his past against him, he also made it clear on Sunday that he has already paid the price for those past altercations.

“To keep mentioning like, ‘Oh, well, what he’s done in the past…’ ‘I paid for it, like I got suspended in Game 5 of the Finals,'” Green said, referring to his 216 NBA Finals suspensions for hitting Cleveland. Then-Cavaliers star LeBron James under his belt. “So you can’t keep suspending me for those actions. But when I say that I am not the person to admit when I make a mistake. That’s the thing. “I think for me anytime there’s a situation and a situation. “Your teammate needs to defend them, I’ll defend them and that’s it, especially with someone I’ve been playing with for 12 years. This is more than just a teammate. “This is a brother.”

While Green was there for Thompson in a tough moment, his actions meant he wasn’t there for the Warriors for the final five games, a period in which the game finished 3-2.

As the Warriors, who enter Tuesday’s NBA In-Season West Group C tournament final with an 8-9 overall record, the most important thing for both Green and the team is his availability.

After starting the season 6-2, the Warriors have struggled mightily over the last nine games, six of which Green has missed, whether by suspension or unspecified personal reasons.

“I think for me personally, I have to be on the field for my teammates,” Green said. “Our chances of winning go down dramatically if I’m not there, so I’ve got to be better at being there and as one of the leaders of this group, you just have to find different ways. I think that’s the biggest lesson for me in all of this is like, yeah, you have to be “There for your teammate, but you have to do it differently, in the same way you did something when I was 26, I can’t do it when I was 33.”

The good news for the Warriors is that they will have Green back on Tuesday in Sacramento. He was able to scrimmage with the team and play 3v3 during training, so he wouldn’t have any physical limitations, like if he was coming back from an injury and wasn’t in good shape.

The Warriors and Dub Nation have learned to accept Green’s downside because they know all the good he can bring.

But now he realizes that he must control his emotions in order to improve the situation of the warriors.

“That’s kind of what it boils down to,” Green said. “So I can be better there and I will continue to grow through the different things you go through in life and that’s what I try to do in these situations.

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