Officially: Green Light for Green, Warriors Star Returns After Suspension

In a statement from the NBA, it was stated that Green has shown commitment and desire to face his problems

by Sededin Dedovic
Officially: Green Light for Green, Warriors Star Returns After Suspension
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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is officially back on the court after serving a 12-game suspension for punching Phoenix Suns center Jusuf Nurkic. The NBA announced the lifting of the suspension on Saturday, January 6, 2024, ending Green's absence from December 12, 2023.

The incident, which took place in a heated December game between the Warriors and the Suns, clearly showed that Green had intentionally hit Nurkic in the head. It was his second suspension of the season, following a five-game suspension in November for grabbing Minnesota Timberwolves player Rudy Gober by the neck.

In addition to these two incidents in the current season, behind this temperamental player is a series of such and similar awkward situations.

Green used the break to improve himself

Although the initial suspension was labeled "indefinite," the NBA acknowledged Green's commitment to address his conduct during his absence.

The league released a statement praising Green's "demonstration of his commitment to conforming his behavior to the standards expected of NBA players." This included participation in consultations and joint meetings with representatives of the NBA, the Warriors and the National Basketball Association.

Green's return to the court comes at a crucial time for the Golden State Warriors. Currently 10th in the Western Conference with a 17-18 record, the team could benefit greatly from the presence of the fiery and versatile player.

His defensive prowess and playmaking ability are crucial to the Warriors' success, especially with Stephen Curry sidelined with injury. However, Green's suspensions have already taken a significant toll on both the team and his own finances.

He missed a total of 17 games this season, leading to a loss of nearly $2 million in salary and fines. We hope this incident was a lesson for the player, although the worst thing is to learn from your mistakes. We have to praise the good attitude of the NBA towards the player, they did this extremely professionally.

Despite the challenges, Green's return is a welcome boost for the Warriors. He is expected to return in their game against the Toronto Raptors, where his experience and contribution on the court will be a vital factor in driving the team to victory.