Breaking: NBA Makes Decision on Draymond Green's Return To Play

Draymond Green's second major suspension of the season, for slugging the Phoenix Suns' Jusuf Nurkic, has finally come to an end. The NBA has reinstated the Golden State Warriors forward after what amounted to a 12-game ban.

Green has been undergoing anger counseling for several weeks, per NBA stipulations, along with submitting to progress meetings with the league and the Warriors. According to NBA Insider Shams Charania, "all sides have been pleased with Green’s progress through receiving help over his indefinite suspension from Dec. 14-Jan. 5."

He adds that Green will be subjected to regular check-ins even after he returns to action. His outbursts in recent times have included punching his own then-teammate Jordan Poole in the face during a team practice in 2022, choking Rudy Gobert during a game earlier this season (which resulted in a 5-game suspension), and most recently the cold-cocking of Nurkic from behind.

Green, 33, is a four-time All-Star, and a four-time champion, having been a core member of the Warriors for the past decade.

The Warriors went 7-5 in Green's absence this time around. Whether he'll need a ramp-up of any kind to get back into the lineup hasn't been confirmed. The Dubs next game is hosting the Toronto Raptors Sunday night.

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