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NBA commissioner Adam Silver says Draymond Green’s kick was reckless but unintentional, swears there’s no conspiracy

The Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) makes contact with Oklahoma City Thunder's Steven Adams during Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference in Oklahoma City (left), and during Game 2 in Oakland. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group; Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

The Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) makes contact with Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams during Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference in Oklahoma City (left), and during Game 2 in Oakland. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group; Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that while Draymond Green’s kick in the groin of Steven Adams in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals was reckless, the league determined it was unintentional.

“I acknowledge that that was a close decision on upgrading Draymond’s kick to a Flagrant 2, but not suspending him for (Game 4),” Silver told ESPN Radio on Sunday. “I will say that we do full investigations around those plays the next day. We interview the officials. We interview the players who are involved, and ultimately we made a decision that he did not intentionally try to kick him in the groin, but it was a reckless act, and it was upgraded to a Flagrant 2.”

Silver acknowledged he has heard the conspiracy theory that the league prefers Golden State reach the Finals instead of Oklahoma City.

“I hear it, and it’s the most sensitive issue for me, and it goes to the core integrity of the league and frankly to my integrity,” Silver said.

“Even from a business standpoint, it would be impossible to predict which Finals would have a greater following. It depends on how many games, how close the games are. I can only thus sort of swear to the world that we do the best we can and that we don’t prefer one market or one team over another.”

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  • Joe

    His “sort of swear” sure fills me with a lot of confidence in his integrity. They had no problem upgrading Biyombo’s unintentional elbow to a suspension because they didn’t want the Raptors in the final.