One day after the Warriors attempted to put the Draymond Green-Jordan Poole practice altercation behind them, video footage of Green’s punch went public.
The now viral video obtained and released by TMZ Friday morning shows Green and Poole apparently matched up in a drill or scrimmage inside the Warriors’ Chase Center practice facility on Wednesday.
As Green walks to the 3-point arc in the 57-second clip, he and Poole appear to be talking to one another, though it’s unclear what was said as there’s no audio with the video. For several seconds, with Green outside the arc and Poole on the baseline, the two continue speaking, though they aren’t looking at one another.
Green then walked toward Poole and the two keep talking until Green bumps Poole in the chest. Poole pushes Green back with both hands, then Green lunges to take a swing at Poole. Green grabs Poole as he staggers backward and both players run into the wall behind the baseline before staffers step in to pull them apart.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers, coach Steve Kerr and star guard Steph Curry spoke Thursday about the incident after news broke Wednesday night of potential discipline for Green.
Myers said “everybody’s fine” and Green apologized to Poole and the team Thursday morning before leaving the facility before practice. He said the team would handle any discipline internally and he did not anticipate Green to miss any games. Kerr said that he expected Green to return to practice Saturday. The Warriors were off Friday.
Neither Poole nor Green was made available to reporters Thursday.
It’s unclear what triggered Green to hit Poole, with Curry saying, “It was nothing out of the ordinary until it wasn’t.”
Both Kerr and Curry refuted reports that Poole’s attitude had been shifted heading into training camp as his representative and the Warriors discuss a lucrative contract extension.
“It’s absolutely BS,” Curry said of the report. “JP has been great. There’s nothing that warrants the situation [Wednesday].”
Myers shot down the idea that ongoing contract negotiations fueled the dust-up, but it’s a reality that’s hard to ignore.
Poole, Green and Andrew Wiggins are all in the market for new deals. The Warriors have until Oct. 17 to strike a deal with Poole’s camp for a rookie extension that could be worth in the ballpark of what Green, 32, has made in the first 10 seasons of his career. If they don’t agree on something by then, Poole, 23, will be a restricted free agent next offseason. Meanwhile, there isn’t a deadline for Green and Wiggins.
With Poole’s contract situation being at the forefront of the Warriors’ minds, Green said at half day last month he didn’t think an extension would happen for him before the seasons starts.
Green is entering the final year of his current contract, though he has a player option, worth $27.6 million for the 2023-24 campaign. That means this could potentially be his last season with the Warriors.
Golden State typically embraces Green’s fiery emotions but he clearly crossed the line at Wednesday’s practice and could impact his future with the team and next deal.
The Warriors are hoping to put the incident behind them and not allow it to have any lingering effects as they prepare to open the regular season against the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 18 at Chase Center.
“It’s unfortunate and not gonna deny it,” Myers said. “It will take some time to move through, but we’ll move through it… I’m confident that we will.”
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism