Golden State Warriors player, Draymond Green has just been suspended indefinitely by the NBA after a flagrant foul call earlier this week. But, if it were up to a former NBA center, Green would be sitting down for just two games to satisfy the punishment.
In a video interview with TMZ, Los Angeles Lakers legend, Shaquille O’Neal gave his thoughts on what went down during the game on Tuesday, Dec. 12 that took place between the Warriors and the Phoenix Suns. Green was given a Flagrant Foul 2 and ejected from the contest after he hit Suns center Jusuf Nurkić in the face.
The NBA Hall of Famer, while speaking to the media outlet said he didn’t think that Green was trying to hit the Suns player during that particular play. He feels he was trying to get the referee’s attention in an attempt to catch a foul call on Nurkic.
“I think he definitely was trying to sell the call. I think the mistake that he made is he had his arms out extended“, said Shaquille O’Neal.
As a former player, Shaq has a view that may make sense to other basketball players, so he also adds, “I don’t think Draymond said, ‘Hey, I’m going to punch this guy just ’cause he’s pulling my jersey’. He was just trying to spin around.”
So when confronted with the task of being the NBA commissioner when deciding the fate of Green, Shaq, calling him an honest player states that he would only suspend the fiery player for just two games.
“He is an honest player, and what happened was unfortunate. I would give him two games.”
Well, sadly for Green, the punishment was doled out by the NBA and not Shaq. Green was given the penalty due to his “repeated history of unsportsmanlike acts.” There is no timetable or minimum amount of games set to accomplish the goal of giving Green the help the league and team feel he needs.