By MICHAEL DAY
Draymond Green almost kicked away any hope for the Golden State Warriors to repeat as NBA Champions. For those of you who might have missed the swift kick to the groin, here is a video of the act.
How can the NBA not suspend Green after kicking a man’s groin?
First of all, set aside the NBA rules, etc., and realize that this is violation of the “Man Code”. Men do not strike other men in the groin unless under the fear of death, and even then, the groin strike is only used as a last resort. It is definitely a “when all else fails” option.
Of course, there are the defenders of Green out there, trying to sell everyone that this kick was not intentional, that the kick was just a by-product of a basketball move. What basketball move finishes with a wicked scissor kick to a man’s testicles? Anyone buying that? That was a strike of opportunity right there.
See, Steven Adams gets under people’s skin. He’s a big, athletic player who can gab with the best of them, so it’s part of his job description to annoy the other team’s big man. Adams successfully goaded the Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph into throwing a punch, which resulted in Randolph getting tossed for Game 7 in 2014. Adams apparently pushed all the right buttons and unhinged the volatile Green in Game 3.
As a person who is rooting for the Warriors, it is easy for me to cry foul on the “instigator”, Steven Adams, but the real blame rests on Green’s shoulders. If players like Green accept all the accolades for their intensity or fire for the game, and they are allowed to rip teammates, coaches, etc. at will, then they have to take the flip side of the coin, which is that there is no benefit of the doubt for plays like scissor kicking a man’s groin. Green did it, and now he has to suffer the consequences. Fortunately for him and the Warriors, the league did not suspend him for Game 4.