Miami Heat swingman Gerald Green returned to practice Saturday after serving a two-game suspension that stemmed from the bizarre incident at his condo on Nov. 4 that left him hospitalized. Green also missed four other games due to the incident.
Green was apologetic about what happened at his condo, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel:
“I’m just trying to just get over this situation,” Green said after rejoining his teammates for practice at AmericanAirlines Arena. “I can’t apologize enough to the residents that lived in my building, my fans who supported me and definitely my family.
“That was a situation that I’m not proud of. But I’m ready to move forward. I’m ready to continue with the team’s goals. I’m ready to be with my brothers.”
The police report from that night said Green threw a punch and was an “agitated patient” who had to be restrained and handcuffed. He also was seen bleeding and was reportedly unconscious at one point during the incident.
Green naturally wouldn’t comment on the specifics of what happened and didn’t take questions from the media, instead reiterating how sorry he was and saying he was ready to move forward.
It’ll be interesting to see how Green fits back into the rotation. He was an explosive scorer off the bench in the preseason, but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has a good thing going with Tyler Johnson, Justise Winslow and the rest of the second unit. Green can still provide a scoring punch, but he’ll also need to step up his defensive game to get minutes.