Draymond Green Apologizes for Tirade at Halftime vs. Thunder

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 29, 2016

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 22:  Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after being charged with a foul in the final minutes of their 102-92 win over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 22, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Somewhat lost in the shuffle of Stephen Curry's latest greatness was Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green's halftime eruption during this past Saturday's 121-118 overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Green apologized Monday while speaking with reporters and was candid in addressing the issue, via ESPN.com's Ethan Sherwood Strauss (h/t CBSSports.com's James Herbert):

I admitted my mistakes to my teammates, my coaching staff. I apologize to my teammates and my coaching staff, this organization. That wasn't the right way to handle what needed to be handled and, as a leader of this team, I can't do that because it sets a bad precedent for how everything is ran around here, how everything should be ran, how everything has been ran and how everything will be ran going forward.

It won't happen again. It's, you know, something where my emotions kind of got ahead of me and I let my emotions get the best of me. However I will never quit on my teammates, as some have reported, you know. I would never quit on my coaching staff. I would never quit on this organization. This organization has given me everything that I can ask for. So I have supported and represented this organization to the best of my ability. That's not who I am, that's not who I've been and that's not who I will become. Sometimes, emotion, that's human, I'm not perfect, nobody on this Earth is perfect. If we were, there's no reason for us being here.

ESPN's Lisa Salters had reported on Green's tirade, which she said was laden with profanities as the 25-year-old expressed his frustrations with the Warriors trailing 57-46. Among the things Green reportedly said were, "I am not a robot, I know I can play. You have me messed up right now. If you don't want me to shoot, I won't shoot the rest of the game," per Herbert.

It wasn't hard to figure out why Green worked himself into such a tizzy, as he hadn't made a field goal to that point and failed to do so after the intermission. He wound up with only two points, but he did impact the game in other areas with 14 rebounds, 14 assists, four blocks and six steals.

As Green's lengthy oration implies, the positive has far outweighed the negative when it comes to himself as an individual and Golden State as a team in 2015-16.

The dramatic win over the Thunder culminated in Curry hitting a three-pointer from over 30 feet away with less than a second on the clock. Curry wound up with 46 points in helping the Warriors improve to 53-5 on the season. The game-winner was his 12th three of the contest, which tied the single-game record.

For all the deserved attention Curry has gotten in building his star even more off an MVP season, Green has more than held up his end of the bargain after Golden State signed him to a near-max contract.

Green has been a perfect complement to the Splash Brothers backcourt of Curry and Klay Thompson, averaging 13.8 points, 9.7 rebounds and 7.4 assists per contest. It's also no secret he's of a far more volatile temperament than the cooler customers Curry and Thompson.

Thanks to a championship locker room and the fact the Warriors are winning at an unprecedented rate, Green's episode won't ultimately matter much unless it spills onto the court. He currently has 13 technical fouls for the season, and three more would trigger an automatic suspension.