We love Draymond Green‘s passion on the court, as long as it’s in a controlled manner. After the Warriors’ loss Sunday night, everyone was expecting a bounce-back game with a lot of fireworks.
But, once Steph Curry was ruled out with a knee injury, it took away from the hype. However, with $500,000 on the line for the new In-Season Tournament, Jaden McDaniels and Klay Thompson were amped up.
There was not a single basket scored before the two began to tussle! Just two minutes, that’s how deep we got into the game before Klay and Jaden were ripping each other’s jerseys up and slinging each other around.
Draymond Green: ejected
Klay Thompson: ejected
Jaden McDaniels: ejected
BEFORE A BASKET WAS SCORED 😭
— br_betting (@br_betting) November 15, 2023
As the altercation escalated, Rudy Gobert attempted to separate the two, but his hands seemingly slipped around Thompson’s neck amid the melee. (At least that’s how the Warriors perceived it, according to Steve Kerr.) And that’s when Draymond, who was not involved in the scuffle, stepped in. Within seconds, the power forward grabbed Gobert by the neck and put him in a chokehold as NBA officials and players attempted to settle the issue.
McDaniels, Thompson, and Green were ejected for their roles in the incident, and the latter two did not speak to reporters after the game.
“He kinda grabbed me by my collar,” McDaniels said of the incident with Thompson. “I was just trying to defend myself and get him off me. The rest is what it is.”
Meanwhile, Gobert called Green a clown for his actions in the incident, saying, “It was clown behavior, and I’m proud of myself for being the bigger man again and again. It doesn’t even deserve me putting my hands on him.”
“My team needed me tonight, so I wanted to keep my cool and not make the situation worse,” he added, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Ron Kroichick. “I do hope the league is going to do what needs to be done because that’s just clown behavior.”
“It’s kind of funny because before the game, I was telling myself Steph is not playing, so I know Draymond is going to try to get ejected,” Gobert said. “Every time Steph doesn’t play, he doesn’t want to play without his guy Steph, so he’s doing anything to get ejected. It’s all good.”
As for punishment, former Duke Blue Devils’ star Jay Williams said during ESPN’s Get Up that he believes Draymond will receive a ten-game suspension. That seems steep, but to make sure you have your laugh of the day, please check out the hilarious incident below and some of last night’s funniest social media reactions.
Draymond Green telling Adam Silver what really happened tomorrow: pic.twitter.com/erke1mAr7Q
— Vlad Pitt (@wavy80baby) November 15, 2023
Draymond Green next time he get fouled pic.twitter.com/1Jnpa4QKoe
— KYLE 🖕🏽 (@thekillakay_) November 15, 2023
Shaq put Charles Barkley in a chokehold to mock Draymond Green 😭pic.twitter.com/pFxvt8eXEo
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) November 15, 2023
Draymond Green should be suspended. This is the type behavior the NBA should be punishing. Not players flexing after a poster dunk. pic.twitter.com/RzeALrNj55
— Kevin O’Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) November 15, 2023
Jay Williams believes Draymond Green will get a 10-game suspension from his role last night in Warriors-Timberwolves.
Too harsh or just right? 🤔
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) November 15, 2023