A lot of people out there feel like the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ winning the NBA championship last year left the door open—made it excusable, even—for Kevin Durant to join a team that had just broken the single-season wins record.
Because according to Green, if it weren’t for his frustratedly swinging at LeBron James’ nuts in Game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors would have earned their second consecutive ring last year.
Green was hit with a one-game suspension, having accrued flagrant foul points for similar offenses throughout the 2016 playoffs. The Cavs won the last three games of the series for a remarkable comeback from down 3-1 in the series.
“One of the most brutal things I’ve ever had to go through in my life,” Green said of being punished for repeatedly kicking opponents and finding other ways to make hard contact with their groins. “If I played, we win of course. So I do feel it’s my fault we lost. … Absolutely my fault. But I don’t feel wrong for what I did at all.”
These comments came in an E:60 feature ESPN ran on Sunday. After Game 2, a 132-113 beatdown of Cleveland, Green was asked how he’s been able to restrain himself in the 2017 playoffs, which he answered by not restraining himself.
Reporter: How have you restrained yourself?
Draymond Green: “You act like I’m just this troubled guy who can’t control myself. Jesus Christ”
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) June 5, 2017