Draymond Green kicking Steven Adams below the belt is, without a doubt, the single most controversial play of the 2016 NBA playoffs. And while we wait to find out whether Green will be suspended for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals between the Warriors and Thunder, Green himself finally weighed in on the incident in detail Monday morning.
As part of a diary for "The Undefeated" Green continued to be adamant that he did not intentionally kick Adams, while explaining why he didn't apologize during the game.
I would tell [Adams], 'My bad. I didn't try to do something like that.' Honestly, I wanted to go up to him during the game and say that. But I know what type of competitor he is and I think I know how he would react. If he would have reacted the way I thought he would have reacted, I know what that would have done to me, as well. I just kind of erred on the side of not saying anything and was hopeful I may catch him after the game.
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I didn't intentionally kick him down there. Whether he believes me or not, which I don't think he will and wouldn't in the moment, which is why I didn't say anything. I would definitely apologize and I look forward to apologizing to him, if I see him.
Green then went on to explain why the idea that he kicked Adams on purpose was absolutely absurd.
I'm kind of upset about this, 'Will he get suspended or will he not?' It's just frustrating. Obviously, I hit [Adams] there in Game 2. But can anyone possibly say that was intentional. People might look at that and say, 'He did it then he tried to do [it again].' Would I be that obvious, if I'm trying to do it?'
I know how important I am to my team. Being that I know that, I'm not going to be that obvious and try to kick a man down there. That's not something I would even do. Hitting someone down there ... you can ruin a lot more. Why do that?
Obviously, this is a sensitive subject (no pun intended) and it will be interesting to see how the NBA reacts later today.
Though it's impossible to say whether Draymond did it on purpose, this is the second straight game that there's been an incident between he and Adams, and it also comes one day after the Cavs' Dahntay Jones was suspended for one game for a similar offense.