Draymond Green Opens Up About Suspension Impact On Warriors' Chemistry And Surprising Team Bonding

Photo: Instagram/Draymond Green

Draymond Green delved into the intricate details surrounding his suspension from the NBA, offering a rare glimpse into the challenges and unexpected triumphs that unfolded during his absence.

When Green faced suspension from the Warriors, the team found itself in disarray, missing its defensive linchpin and struggling to maintain a spot in the playoffs. The discomfort was palpable for both Green and his teammates, caught in a precarious situation.

In a recent episode of the 7PM in Brooklyn podcast, Green candidly shared his internal conflict during the suspension period. "It was a very weird space," he admitted. "I need to be coming in every day, but on the other side of the fence, I really need to get so far away from this. It's kind of this weird thing. And I think we found a balance."

Photo: Instagram/Draymond Green

Surprisingly, Green's distance from the court didn't result in a detachment from his teammates. Contrary to concerns, the suspension brought him closer to key figures like Steph Curry, with daily calls and texts becoming the norm. Even head coach Steve Kerr and assistant coach Mike Dunleavy were consistent in their support, not just focused on basketball, but genuinely checking in on Green's well-being.

"The relationships grew stronger," Green revealed. "Not like, 'How you doing? You working out?' None of that. Like, 'Yo, what's up? What's going on with you? How you doing? How you feeling? Great.'"

The unexpected outcome of this period of separation became evident upon Green's return. The Warriors, once struggling around the 10th seed, are now on the verge of claiming the 6th seed. It's a stark illustration of the undeniable impact chemistry has on a team's performance.

In essence, Draymond Green's suspension turned out to be a catalyst for stronger bonds, pushing the Warriors towards an impressive resurgence. As they eye a higher playoff seed, the narrative shifts from the initial unease to a tale of resilience and unity. The Warriors, with Green back in the mix, are proving that sometimes, adversity can be the catalyst for something extraordinary. (Source: Sports Illustrated)

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