Draymond Green is not a victim, despite the fact that the NBA overpoliced his stomping antics.
Green's reckless instinct to break free of a leg-grabbing Domantas Sabonis by using his opponent's chest as a trampoline doesn't rank
particularly high in the sport's long playoff history of elbows and shoves, kicks and punches, body slams and clotheslines.
Nonetheless, Green will serve a one-game suspension, primarily because he requires the timeout to realize something:
He's used up his "Draymond being Draymond" card.When viewed in isolation, the occurrence may appear to be evidence that the game has become too soft.
This type of reaction is simple. This was not a fight over basketball culture. This was a strong rebuke to Green,
who rarely encounters a line he won't cross and whose behavior has been allowed for so long that conceptions of how to judge him fairly have been broken.
Green was not penalized just for his violent behavior. Green might be the first player sent home for repeated insolence in a league that has absorbed the competitive nastiness of Bill Laimbeer,