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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is facing discipline stemming from an altercation with Jordan Poole during practice Wednesday.
By The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Anthony Slater and Marcus Thompsonthe Warriors are “seriously considering disciplinary action” against Green after a “passionate interaction” with Poole in which they were chest to chest before pushing and shoving each other.
After that, Green “hard punched” Poole, and the two had to be separated. The team stopped training to try to “calm the nerves” in the locker room.
ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski noted that Green tipped over and made contact with Poole.
The report noted that Green and Poole argued “regularly” behind the scenes, but Warriors management and management believed the incident had gone too far.
Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes added more details about the aftermath of the altercation:
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Draymond Green apologized following the altercation with Jordan Poole, but there was a build-up resulting from teammates noticing a change in Poole’s demeanor throughout camp with the guard set to get a lucrative extension, according to league sources @YahooSports.
C.J. Holmes of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Green would be disciplined for the altercation, but the Warriors don’t think the altercation will be a long-term problem.
Green is known to be very vocal on the pitch, both in training and during games. Donte DiVincenzo, who signed with the Warriors as a free agent in July, praised the four-time All-Star for taking charge in the team’s first scrimmage last month.
“That’s what he does”, DiVincenzo told reporters on September 24 after the team’s first scrum in training camp. “That’s all I’ve heard since I got here, and witnessed it on the first day. It’s infectious, I would say. His positive energy to correct people, teach people everything about sequel was great.”
In November 2020, Golden State General Manager Bob Myers Told then-rookie James Wiseman during his introductory press conference not to take Green’s intense attitude personal because he’s like that with everyone.
“He wants to win so badly,” Myers told Wiseman of Green. “Don’t take it personally. He yelled at me. I don’t think he yelled at Joe [Lacob]. He yelled at Steve [Kerr] for sure. He yelled at all of our teammates. Shouted at Steph [Curry]. Maybe shouted at the media. It’s just who he is. But he wins. So if you want to learn something like that, it’s a winner.”
While it seems everyone with the Warriors understands Green’s attitude and practice habits, Wednesday’s incident seems to have gone beyond the usual level of antagonism.
Green and Poole are two of the most important players on Golden State’s roster as the team prepares to defend its NBA championship. Poole ranked third on the team with 18.5 points per game and made 36.4% of his three-point attempts.
Green remains one of the best defensive players in the league. He also led the club with 7.0 assists and tied for the team lead with 7.3 rebounds per game in 46 games last season.
Both also have a lot at stake this season. Poole is seeking a long-term contract extension entering the final year of his rookie contract. Green is entering the final guaranteed year of his current contract which also has a $27.6 million player option for 2023-24.
The Warriors have three more preseason games before opening the regular season at home against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 18.