Draymond Green‘s Game 4 hit to the groin of LeBron James swung the NBA Finals. Everything flipped after that — from his suspension, to the trash talk that followed it, to the Cavs’ ultimate comeback from the 3-1 deficit that faced them after four games, it all hinged on that moment.
In his latest diary entry for The Undefeated, Green reflected on the incident and his suspension now that the season is over:
“I learned a lot about myself as a man. I got to control my emotions. I will always control my emotions now. There is a silver lining in between everything. I’m not a guy that takes moral victories, but I did learn from that. I learned that I can’t put myself in harm’s way and that’s in anything. That’s in basketball. That’s in life. You can’t put yourself in that position.
For as much criticism as Green has taken in these playoffs, and in the case of the punch to the groin rightfully so, he has conducted himself nothing less than magnanimously in defeat. Green was spectacular in Game 7, but it wasn’t enough. Maybe it would have been if he hadn’t missed Game 5. We’ll never know.