Danny Green has been in the NBA for more than a decade. As someone who’s suffered multiple injuries, Green understands how challenging is to return from a serious injury. Being the player directly involved in Klay Thompson’s ACL tear, Danny opened up about that moment.
Green regrets incident with Klay Thompson
Unfortunately, injuries are a part of being a professional athlete. You always hate seeing someone get seriously injured, and being involved in an injury makes it even worse. Fans blame those players for getting someone injured even when they didn’t do anything dirty.
The sharpshooter said that he understood the backlash after the incident, but it still felt unfair. “It was tough to hear what was being said, but I didn't look at myself as the victim. My concern was for him. Their fans are great fans. They’re going to encourage their team. And anybody that tries to hurt or do anything to the other 10 or 13 players, they're gonna fight for them. So, I got some heated emotions from some of the fans, but every time I've spoken about the incident, I've stated that it was not purposeful at all.”
“If I can take that play back, I would. No one wants to see a great player go down, and no one wants to be the cause of that. It wasn't intentional. I’m glad that he’s back. The game has missed him.”
Danny Green, Yahoo Sports
Klay tore his ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA finals. At that point, the Warriors had a slim lead. His injury, of course, changed the outcome of the game. Toronto Raptors won the series, 4-2.
While Warriors fans called out Green in the heat of the moment, no one can say there’s anything dirty or unsportsmanlike in the block attempt. It’s clear the contact was unintentional, and Danny has no history of dirty plays. He quickly checked Thompson’s condition and admitted regretting it almost two years after the incident.
Klay’s injury changed Warriors championship window for two years
Thompson underwent surgery and was almost out for a year. Just before his return, Thompson got injured again. This time, it was an Achilles tear. The unfortunate turn of events changed not only the Warriors’ championship window but also the landscape of the NBA.
Golden State could have won two titles with Klay in the lineup. And that’s not a knock on the Raptors. Every team knows how formidable the Warriors are when they are complete. Now that the shooting guard has made his comeback, the normalcy in the league has been somewhat restored. Golden State Warriors are nearly complete, which means bad news for the rest of the league.