AP Interview: Green's steady presence keeps Warriors ticking

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — For five months, Draymond Green has worked to block out the unrelenting criticism that his Game 5 suspension in the NBA Finals cost Golden State a repeat championship — punishment for a fateful swipe at LeBron James’ groin that swung the series for Cleveland.

It stings Green to this day that he couldn’t play, forced to watch from next door at an Oakland Athletics baseball game while his teammates fought for a title without him.

Still, if James ever steps over Green again like he did in a testy Game 4 , Golden State’s emotional, uncensored forward knows little will keep him from responding. Perhaps not with another grab for King James’…

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