This is Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors kicking Steven Adams of the Oklahoma Thunder in a place no man wants to be kicked. Uncomfortable.
The incident occurred on Sunday, U.S. time, in game three of the NBA Western Conference Finals. Here's a lovely clear still that captures the moment.
Our friends at the Huffpost USA captured the mood of the incident nicely in their first piece on the incident with this line:
"Green told reporters on Friday that his goal wasn't to get in Adams' head this series. Ostensibly, Green's aim hasn't been the head."
Sportingnews.com's Jordan Greer also had a clever take when he said:
"Would someone please think of Steven Adams' future children?"
Controversy is raging today because Green has been fined $25,000 but not suspended for his actions. Oklahoma leads the best-of-seven series 2-1. Green's Warriors -- who had the winningest regular season in NBA history -- really need him on the court if they're going to avoid a shock playoffs exit.
And now they've got him.
Green, 26-year-old and 201 cm, argued his kick was not deliberate. He said it was an inadvertent leg follow-through after attempting a shot. This does actually happen, and basketball has a word for it. They call it "flailing". The thing is, Green's leg flails an awful lot. Check it.
It's not even the first time Green has come into contact with Steven Adams' nether regions this series.
Flashback to Wednesday: Draymond drives and Steven Adams feels the same "midsection" pain for it https://t.co/LxFZ8M3KaY— HuffPost Sports (@HuffPostSports) 23 de maio de 2016
We've all heard the phrase ball magnet before, but this is ridiculous.
The big question is whether Green's leg was indeed flailing or if he deliberately launched an attack on the Stevens family jewels? Here's what Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, said in a statement:
"After a thorough investigation that included review of all available video angles and interviews with the players involved and the officials working the game, we have determined that Green's foul was unnecessary and excessive and warranted the upgrade and fine.
"During a game, players at times flail their legs in an attempt to draw a foul," VanDeWeghe added. "But Green's actions in this case warranted an additional penalty."
Steve Kerr is right. These kinds of plays happen all the time in the NBA. pic.twitter.com/xl5j0QwmlS— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) 23 de maio de 2016
Green was fined for a "Flagrant 2", which the NBA defines as "unnecessary and excessive contact committed by a player against an opponent".
So in other words, it wasn't good, but it wasn't quite bad enough for a suspension. Because that, according to some cynics, would hurt TV ratings which is the one area where the NBA really doesn't want to be kicked.
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The Draymond Green no-suspension is a suspect decision based on the video, but is the right decision for ratings & #NBA fans outside of OKC.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) 23 de maio de 2016