Draymond Green Faces Potentially Huge Ban After NBA Issues Harsh Punishment for Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has been suspended indefinitely by the NBA, less than 24 hours after he hit Phoenix Suns center Jusuf Nurkic in the face and received a Flagrant 2 foul and ejection. The league announced the penalty handed down by operations chief Joe Dumars and said the suspension begins immediately. It’s already Green’s second suspension this season.

“He will be required to meet certain league and team conditions before he returns to play,” the league said on Wednesday. The NBA noted that “this outcome takes into account Green’s repeated history of unsportsmanlike acts.”

Green and Nurkic were battling for position early in the third quarter when the two got tangled. The Golden State forward appeared to slightly lose his balance, but then inexplicably wheeled around and smacked Nurkic in the face. Nurkic immediately crumpled to the ground but eventually got up and stayed in the game. The referees reviewed the play before calling Green for a Flagrant 2 foul, which causes an automatic ejection. “That had nothing to do with basketball,” Nurkic said.“I’m just out there trying to play basketball.”

It’s been less than a month since Green was suspended for five games by the NBA for putting the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Rudy Gobert into a headlock during an altercation in November. There is little precedent for an indefinite suspension. In 2010, then-Commissioner David Stern suspended Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas indefinitely for bringing firearms into the team locker room. That was a precursor to what became a 50-game suspension for Arenas, after Stern said “his ongoing conduct … led me to conclude that he is not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game.”

Meanwhile, Joel Embiid scored 30 of his 41 points in the first half as Philadelphia beat Detroit 129-111 to inflict more misery on the Pistons who encountered their 21st straight loss.