After a 12-game absence, NBA reinstated Draymond Green over the weekend, and he returned to Golden State Warriors practice on Tuesday.
In a media briefing on Tuesday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr conveyed that the team has urged Green to refrain from engaging with officials during games. Kerr questioned whether Green can strike a balance, maintaining his intensity and energy while avoiding interactions with referees. Describing it as a significant challenge, Kerr emphasized the need for Green to make this adjustment.
Green faced suspension for the second time this season last month due to an incident where he struck Phoenix center Jusuf Nurki? in the face during a December 12 loss.
Kerr highlighted the team’s focus on eliminating on-court distractions caused by Green’s actions, emphasizing the importance of concentrating on the game and addressing the finer details that currently elude them.
“We need that, so we can focus on the game. His teammates need that so that we can focus on all of the little details that are eluding us right now,” Kerr added. “It’s keeping us from being a consistent team. So that is what we are asking of him.”
With a current standing of 17–19 and holding the No. 12 playoff seed in the Western Conference, the Warriors aim to reverse their fortunes as they host New Orleans on Wednesday night at the Chase Center at 8:30 p.m. ET.