Draymond Green’s punch Jordan Poole has layers of issues with Warriors


Everything was normal for the course, until it was no longer the case. At all.

As first reported by The Athletic, Warriors teammates Draymond Green and Jordan Poole got into an incident in training on Wednesday with Green hitting Poole. Video obtained by TMZ Sports and released Friday morning showed Green punching Poole in the face, opening a new floodgate of trouble.

A week before starting his 11th season in the NBA, Green finds himself again forced to regain the trust of his Golden State coaches, teammates and the organization as a whole. General manager Bob Myers, head coach Steve Kerr and star Steph Curry all had to answer questions about the situation instead of talking about the current season. Myers had the demeanor of another sad day for the franchise. Kerr was furious. Curry was far from his smiling self.

Not all have tolerated any reports that Poole has been a problem in training camp, which makes it as clear as possible.

“He’ll tell you, he crossed that line,” Myers said of Green on Thursday, a day before the video was leaked. “You know that. But he always comes back, and he’s a unique guy. Without him, we don’t win. I want to win, our property wants to win, our players want to win. Our players want him in the team, and if you’re playing, that’s the most important thing Nobody says “We don’t want him, we don’t want him in the team. They know what he’s doing, they know what he’s doing. means.

“Yesterday was not a good time. This is the end result, it was not.”

Myers reiterated how Green always finds a way to redeem himself. He apologizes, he grows and regains confidence.

It’s the hope and expectation for the future, and Draymond apologized to his Warriors teammates on Thursday before leaving the building.

“I think he’ll find a way to earn the respect of his teammates and Jordan, but that’s the job he has to do,” Myers said.

Everything is on the green. Let’s be clear. There are two sides to a story, but one person punches the video.

The jaw is coming. From playgrounds to high school, college and the pros, foul language is part of a gamer’s DNA. Green tops the list when it comes to the game’s greats. Poole, while very different in his demeanor, is also not one to shy away from his speech.

He’s had that confidence ever since he walked into the building and only earned it more by walking and becoming a star.

The video, without sound, shows that there is chatter during a scrum. It happens, that’s the normal part. But then Green is the instigator walking towards Poole with the two coming chest to chest. The conversation first turns to action with Poole pushing Green. It escalates to the point where the line is more than crossed with Draymond rushing forward, punching and connecting with Poole’s face before being restrained and pulled away from his teammate.

Don’t act like it’s normal. This is not the case. Arguments have been made about fist fights happening in training, regardless of level. I witnessed it at the college level. The two are not the same. They are professional athletes. It’s a company.

Draymond is 32, nearly 10 years older than Poole. He was 25 when he and Kerr got into a heated halftime tirade of a 2016 game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. And he was 28 when he and Kevin Durant got into a secondary fight that resulted in a one-game suspension from the Warriors.

There’s a reason the infamous incident of Michael Jordan hitting Kerr during practice when the two were teammates for the Chicago Bulls is still talked about today, and it’s not just because of the name and the name. Jordan’s status. The trash talk is coming, the push is coming. Fights between teammates are not an everyday activity.

When Bobby Portis punched teammate Nikola Mirotic in the face during practice in 2017, Portis was suspended eight games by the Bulls and Mirotic missed 23 regular season games after being hospitalized. Poole finished training and did his post-workout workout. The Warriors are lucky his condition isn’t worse. Myers said the team will manage Draymond’s discipline “internally” and doesn’t expect him to miss any games.

These statements also came before TMZ Sports somehow obtained video of the altercation for the full public to see.

The GM believes Green’s punch and frustration isn’t about his and Poole’s contract situation. Money was part of the fight between Draymond and KD, but in a very different way. Durant was shy and kept his future status with the team up in the air, and Green had none of it.

Four years later, Green, who has a player option on his contract for the 2023-24 season before becoming an unrestricted free agent, admitted to the media that he did not expect to receive an extension until the start of the 2022-23 season. Poole has an Oct. 17 deadline to sign a rookie contract extension with the Warriors or he will become a restricted free agent next summer. Everything indicates that the Warriors want to ensure that the Poole Party continues in the Bay Area for years to come.

Which brings us to a new problem the Warriors now have to deal with, a problem they beat a season ago to unimaginable heights. Their two-stroke dream of combining stars on the other side of their thirties with young, internally developed stars just took a major hit.

“It’s my job as a coach and it’s up to our veteran players as leaders to make sure the blending of the two eras happens in a really productive way,” Kerr said. “It means a combination of mentorship and sacrifice and those are all things that will allow us to succeed.”

The mix of two eras caused all predictions and computer estimates to plummet towards another title last season. Poole at 23 is the torchbearer of the Warriors youth movement and extends a dynasty. He is also the player whose future with the franchise may be the most contractually uncertain.

More than ever, the Warriors will rely on the leadership of Curry and Andre Iguodala, who just became the biggest addition of the offseason. Curry had to answer questions to help defuse the fire. Iguodala did his veteran homework via Twitter.

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In an instant, everything can change in the NBA. The Warriors recently returned from a trip to Japan where the storylines were once again about the mix of older and younger, with the veterans taking the youngsters under their wings. Players, coaches and beyond were thrilled with the overall mood and feelings of this camp ahead of a season opener where the main storyline should have been just defending their championship and trying out their new rings.

Now there’s a new story, one that’s riddled with distractions that Curry, Kerr and Myers – plus Poole for that matter – should never have had to deal with. At any crack, with any loss, everyone will now have the punch to pull out of their back pocket and use against the Warriors and against Green.

Make no mistake, the Warriors have needed and demanded Draymond’s fire in the past and they will need it again. Not now, however. It falls to him to pour water over the flames he lit, bringing the temperature of the room back to its place.

For years, championship culture has been the Warriors’ added ingredient in a recipe that every other team is trying to replicate. With both short-term and long-term effects, this might just be his biggest test yet.

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