Draymond Green has come out and apologized to his Golden State Warriors teammates, coaches and fans after an incident during the GSW - Oklahoma City Thunder game.
During halftime of what was an exceptionally close encounter between two of the best teams in the NBA, Green apparently had some sort of emotional outburst and let his frustrations get the better of him for a brief period.
Green is a passionate player, going out on the court every night with his heart on his sleeve and an innate desire to be the best he can be and get the win. Sometimes, when things aren't going right, the Warriors star can overheat and let his emotions get the better of him. That's what happened against OKC and Green says he is truly sorry for it.
"You know I made a mistake, I admitted my mistakes to my teammates, my coaching staff," Draymond said Monday. "I apologize to my teammates, my coaching staff, this organization. That wasn't the right way to handle what needed to be handled."
In the statement, via ESPN, Green went on to say that he has to be a leader at all times and that means not letting your emotions get the better of you as the Warriors chase the '95-96 Chicago Bulls regular season record and a second NBA Championship in a row.
"As a leader of this team, I can't do that because it sets a bad precedent for how everything is ran around here, for how everything should be ran, for how everything has been ran, and how everything will be ran going forward," Green added. "It won't happen again."
Just because his shot isn't dropping for him doesn't mean the Warriors center is a burden to the team. Despite the halftime drama, Green still powered through and finished the game with 14 rebounds, 14 assists, six steals and two points against the Thunder, saying he owed his teammates everything.
''I felt I owed it to my team to give it everything I have,'' Green said. ''I know when you're in the midst of a great season, people are going to latch onto certain stuff to try to tear it down. We're moving forward.''
Speaking to the media after the incident, everyone from the Warriors appeared to be fine with how the Green issue was dealt with internally. They know that Green is an emotional player - it's what turns him into a dominating center despite only being 6ft7.
The important thing is that Green would never stop giving 100%. It's not his style to quit, which is admirable in this day and age. In Draymond Green, the Warriors have a firecracker. And they love him.