Draymond Green ejected for putting Rudy Gobert in chokehold during Timberwolves-Warriors brawl

Warriors' Klay Thompson and Wolves' Jaden McDaniels were also ejected for starting the brawl during NBA in-season tournament game

NOV. 15 UPDATE: Draymond Green was suspended five games for his role in the altercation.

Draymond Green got ejected for taking matters into his own hands — well, arms — on Tuesday.

The Golden State Warriors big man, teammate Klay Thompson and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels were ejected from an NBA in-season tournament game following a brawl that erupted in the first two minutes.

The brawl began when Thompson and McDaniels started pulling and shoving each other in transition. Wolves center Rudy Gobert moved in to pull back Thompson, but was in turn grabbed by Green, who put the 7-footer in a headlock and violently dragged him away for a good seven seconds.

Thompson and McDaniels were both assessed double technicals, while Green was hit with a flagrant 2 foul, all automatic ejections. The score was still 0-0.

Green was suspended five games on Wednesday for his role in the fracas. Further replay was not kind to the idea that he was just trying to keep the peace:

An underrated moment in that clip was Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns attempting to give Green a taste of his own medicine while pulling him off Gobert and getting no purchase, as Green kept his chin down like a veteran MMA fighter.

This was the 18th ejection, postseason included, of Green's career, increasing his lead among active NBA players. He received his 17th ejection just last weekend, but under far more questionable circumstances.

Meanwhile, Thompson didn't seem to agree with his own ejection:

The Timberwolves won 104-101 to move to 2-0 in West Group C of the in-season tournament standings. The Warriors are 1-1.

After the game, crew chief Tyler Ford told a pool reporter Green was assessed a flagrant 2 because "he aggressively put Gobert in a headlock and refuses to let go. This is unnecessary and excessive conduct." Gobert was not disciplined because he "was attempting to separate Thompson and McDaniels and was ruled to be a peacemaker."

Meanwhile, both teams had plenty to say postgame about the altercation with McDaniels claiming he was "just trying to defend myself," and Warriors head coach Steve Kerr saying Gobert had his hands on Thompson's neck, which prompted Green's response. Kerr also defended Thompson, saying he shouldn't have been ejected.

Gobert called Green's conduct "clown behavior."

The Warriors began the game already without Stephen Curry, who is sidelined due to right knee soreness. In the span of 10 seconds, they lost the other two members of their longtime trio, with at least 46 minutes left to play.

There is some past history between Green and Gobert, though there's no telling if any of it was on Green's mind Tuesday. At the beginning of last season, Gobert no-so-subtly poked Green after the latter was reported to have punched then-teammate Jordan Poole in practice, writing "Insecurity is always loud."

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts toward referee Marc Davis (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves in San Francisco, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Draymond Green earned his ejection during a Timberwolves-Warriors in-season tournament game. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Green clearly saw that and remembered it, as six months later, he tweeted the same four words in reaction to Gobert punching a teammate.