Even if the NBA overpoliced Draymond Green's stomping folly, he is not a victim. When compared to the long history of violent postseason antics in the sport, such as elbows and shoves,
kicks and punches, body slams and clotheslines, Green's reckless instinct to use Domantas Sabonis' chest as a trampoline in order to escape from a grip on his leg doesn't rank all that highly.
However, Green will still miss one game because he needs the break to come to the following realization:
The "Draymond being Draymond" card is at its maximum limit.When viewed in isolation, the occurrence would appear to be proof that the game has become too forgiving.
Such a response is simple. It wasn't a conflict about the traditions of basketball. This was a strong reprimand for Green,
who rarely crosses moral boundaries and whose actions have been put up with for so long that it is difficult to judge him fairly.
Green wasn't just fined for one violent incident. Green might be the first player to be benched for persistent insolence in a league that has endured the aggressive rivalry of Bill Laimbeer,
Ron Artest, John Stockton, and Charles Oakley. Karl Malone and Dennis Rodman are both on the ground somewhere, but not because they were engaged in a wrestling match.
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