Kings fans will have to wait a little longer to boo Draymond Green
Oct 27, 2023, 7:00 AM
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Sacramento Kings fans will have to wait a little longer to welcome Draymond Green back to the Golden 1 Center.
On Thursday, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr announced Green would not play Friday in the Kings’ home opener.
Steve Kerr says Draymond Green will not play tomorrow against the Kings. At this point it's just about regaining his proper conditioning. Kerr says he is "close" to making his return.
— Kendra Andrews (@kendra__andrews) October 26, 2023
Green suffered an ankle injury just before the Warriors training camp started. He was recently cleared for light workouts and five-on-five drills, but Kerr said he needs to build his conditioning.
What happened the last time Draymond Green was in Sacramento?
Because he missed both preseason games, the last time the veteran forward/center played against Sacramento was in the thrilling first-round playoff matchup.
The Kings took the Warriors to seven games, but ultimately fell in the end. During the series, Green was suspended for one game after stomping on Domantas Sabonis’ chest.
After the series, Green said on his podcast he gained a lot of respect for the Kings but did have some parting words for Sabonis after the big man left the floor without shaking hands with Golden State following game seven’s loss.
“Lost a lot of respect for Sabonis. You don’t shake guys’ hands after you lose, I don’t respect that,” Greens said. “I once left the court when we lost in Game 7 to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and I went to my locker room and sat down, and I said ‘this don’t feel right’. Then I walked back out on the court and I showed everybody love. You lost. Deal with it. Pay your respects. That was wack to me. I wouldn’t even say lost respect, but that’s wack to me. I don’t respect that.”
When can fans boo Draymond?
Kings fans won’t have to wait long to welcome Green back to Sacramento. The Kings face off against the Golden State Warriors at home again on Tuesday, Nov. 28. That game is also the final game for the Kings in the NBA’s inaugural In-Season Tournament.