Adam Silver Addresses Draymond Green Suspension Conspiracy Theory
June 16 / Jake O'Donnell / SportsGrid
If you weren't sure as to Draymond Green's impact on the 2016 Finals, his absence in Game 5 told you everything you'd needed to know. The guy he'd been locking down for the last two years went off for 41 points on 16 of 30 shooting. But you probably knew something to that effect would happen after the league retroactively slapped him with his third flagrant foul of the playoffs, in essence suspending him for Game 6. In fact, you might've thought it was fishy that the NBA decided to throw the book at the Warriors' best defensive player when they were on the cusp of prematurely ending the NBA's most watched series.
Reggie Miller (and Jeff Van Gundy) seemed to think Green's suspension was financially motivated.
Would bet my right arm if this series was even at 2-2 Draymond wouldn't be suspended for GM5. What happened in OKC was way worse..
On the Dan Patrick Show Thursday afternoon, NBA commissioner Adam Silver attempted to debunk this theory with a nervous-sounding explanation of the league's logic. Obviously, there is no way to determine the actual motive behind Green's suspension, but this is what it sounds like when someone tries to convince the world it was because he nut-tapped LeBron James. What I will say, however, that the way Silver goes about over-explaining the manner in which the league merely assessed Dray a flagrant foul that resulted in a suspension -- and did not suspend him outright -- felt a bit like "the commissioner doth protest too much."
Are you buying it? Watch him answer Dan Patrick's question, below...
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