Why did the league exonerate Draymond Green for his multiple assaults on Steven Adam’s fellas during the game three of the Western Conference finals? Oklahoma City Thunder All-star Kevin Durant candidly pointed out that it is “just business”.
The same league suspended Dahntay Jones for one game for attacking Bismack Biyombo’s crotch in the Eastern Conference finals. Green’s foul play also deserved the same punishment but his stardom helped him to escape suspension.
Kevin Durant isn’t surprised by such double standard of the NBA.
“They’re not going to suspend Draymond Green. He’s one of the premier players in the league, on arguably on of the best teams in the history of the game. They’re not going to suspend him.
The league wasn’t going to take the risk of shortening the series by suspending the second best player of the Warriors’ roster; justifying the phrase which Durant kept on reiterating during his interview- “it’s just business.”
“I didn’t even really think about it. I knew the league was going to let him play or fine him, upgrade him to a Flagrant 2…we all knew that was going to happen. The league is pro-business, so I get it. No hard feelings.” Durant also added.
A glimpse of Green’s foul can be seen in this video.
The NBA thrives on televised drama, a significant part of which comes naturally, but often league decisions like this based on multiple standards messages that its aim is better TV, not to keep up the spirit of fair play. So, a crowd-puller like Draymond Green is bound to pass unscathed with cynical fouls for the sake of advertisers, and media partners, and consumers. At the end of the day, the NBA is another entertainment product.
No doubt, it’s worse for Oklahoma City Thunder and its fan-base.
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