Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was critical of Draymond Green after the veteran forward received a five-game suspension for choking Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert.

Green has been handed the fifth suspension of his career for grabbing Gobert around the neck as tempers flared during Golden State’s defeat by Minnesota on Tuesday night.

Before their 128-109 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, Kerr told the media how Green’s prolonged headlock was inexcusable. He also approved the five-game suspension handed to Green.

‘He took it too far,’ Kerr said. ‘Draymond was wrong. He knows that. It’s a bad look, and the five games are deserved.’ 

The incident happened in the second minute of Minnesota and Golden State’s In-Season Tournament game. Green’s teammate Klay Thompson and Minnesota’s Jaden McDaniel’s first got into a jersey-tugging exchange when Gobert stepped in to defuse the situation.

Draymond Green has been suspended for five games

Steve Kerr feels he deserves the suspension

Golden State head coach Steve Kerr (right) believes Draymond Green (left) deserved his five-game suspension for his role in the brawl between the Warriors and the Timberwolves

During a scuffle, Green grabbed Gobert by the neck and dragged him across the court

During a scuffle, Green grabbed Gobert by the neck and dragged him across the court

It was then when Green came from behind and sunk his arm under Gobert’s chin for seven seconds. 

‘I don’t have a problem with [Green] trying to get Rudy off of Klay, but he’s got to let go,’ Kerr added. ‘He hung on for six, seven seconds. It was a terrible visual for the league, for Draymond and for everybody.’ 

Aside from suspending Green, the NBA fined Thompson, McDaniels and Gobert $25,000 each for the incident. Green, Thompson and McDaniels were all ejected before the Timberwolves won the game 104-101.

The players involved acted ‘in an unsportsmanlike and dangerous manner,’ said NBA executive vice president Joe Dumars in a statement. 

‘Draymond has to find a way to not cross the line,’ Kerr said. ‘I’m not talking about getting an ejection or a technical, I’m talking about a physical act of violence. That’s inexcusable. 

‘We have to do everything we can to give him the help and assistance he needs to be able to draw that distinction between being an incredible competitor but he can’t cross that line. He crossed it the other night, for sure.’ 

Kerr admits his veteran forward 'took it too far' and is deserving of his subsequent ban

Kerr admits his veteran forward ‘took it too far’ and is deserving of his subsequent ban

With his fifth career suspension, Green continues to live up to his unpleasant reputation in the NBA. Green’s last suspension came after he stomped on the chest of Sacramento Kings center Domantas Sabonis in the opening round of last year’s playoffs.

Green was also widely criticized after punching former teammate Jordan Poole during the Warriors’ preseason camp last October. Green later admitted that the punch affected the team’s chemistry through the season. 

The Warriors are currently 6-7 this season. They are riding a five-game skid into another game against the Thunder on Saturday.  

Source: | This article originally belongs to Daily Mail

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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was critical of Draymond Green after the veteran forward received a five-game suspension for choking Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert.

Green has been handed the fifth suspension of his career for grabbing Gobert around the neck as tempers flared during Golden State’s defeat by Minnesota on Tuesday night.

Before their 128-109 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, Kerr told the media how Green’s prolonged headlock was inexcusable. He also approved the five-game suspension handed to Green.

‘He took it too far,’ Kerr said. ‘Draymond was wrong. He knows that. It’s a bad look, and the five games are deserved.’ 

The incident happened in the second minute of Minnesota and Golden State’s In-Season Tournament game. Green’s teammate Klay Thompson and Minnesota’s Jaden McDaniel’s first got into a jersey-tugging exchange when Gobert stepped in to defuse the situation.

Draymond Green has been suspended for five games

Steve Kerr feels he deserves the suspension

Golden State head coach Steve Kerr (right) believes Draymond Green (left) deserved his five-game suspension for his role in the brawl between the Warriors and the Timberwolves

During a scuffle, Green grabbed Gobert by the neck and dragged him across the court

During a scuffle, Green grabbed Gobert by the neck and dragged him across the court

It was then when Green came from behind and sunk his arm under Gobert’s chin for seven seconds. 

‘I don’t have a problem with [Green] trying to get Rudy off of Klay, but he’s got to let go,’ Kerr added. ‘He hung on for six, seven seconds. It was a terrible visual for the league, for Draymond and for everybody.’ 

Aside from suspending Green, the NBA fined Thompson, McDaniels and Gobert $25,000 each for the incident. Green, Thompson and McDaniels were all ejected before the Timberwolves won the game 104-101.

The players involved acted ‘in an unsportsmanlike and dangerous manner,’ said NBA executive vice president Joe Dumars in a statement. 

‘Draymond has to find a way to not cross the line,’ Kerr said. ‘I’m not talking about getting an ejection or a technical, I’m talking about a physical act of violence. That’s inexcusable. 

‘We have to do everything we can to give him the help and assistance he needs to be able to draw that distinction between being an incredible competitor but he can’t cross that line. He crossed it the other night, for sure.’ 

Kerr admits his veteran forward 'took it too far' and is deserving of his subsequent ban

Kerr admits his veteran forward ‘took it too far’ and is deserving of his subsequent ban

With his fifth career suspension, Green continues to live up to his unpleasant reputation in the NBA. Green’s last suspension came after he stomped on the chest of Sacramento Kings center Domantas Sabonis in the opening round of last year’s playoffs.

Green was also widely criticized after punching former teammate Jordan Poole during the Warriors’ preseason camp last October. Green later admitted that the punch affected the team’s chemistry through the season. 

The Warriors are currently 6-7 this season. They are riding a five-game skid into another game against the Thunder on Saturday.  

Source: | This article originally belongs to Daily Mail

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