Draymond Green and Jordan Poole stole the headlines this past summer with their now-infamous altercation.
Coming off a world championship, it seemed like everything was going the Golden State Warriors’ way.
Then Green threw that punch at Poole and it knocked both his teammate and the team’s momentum off-track.
These days, the Warriors are 11-11 on the year and sit ninth in the Western Conference. They don’t look anything like the squad that won a title in 2021-22.
Green’s relationship with Poole, too, appears be in a rocky place.
This week, Green addressed where things currently stand between him and Poole.
“We’re teammates,” Green told Marc J. Spears of Andscape.
“The same as I am with any teammate. I come to work. I’m going to do everything that I can to help a guy. I’m going to do everything I can to help the team, and that’s who we are.”
When pressed if that means that he and Poole are cordial with one another, Green offered a blunt response.
“Yes, it’s great. There’s no problem with that,” Green confirmed.
Make of that what you will.
A while back, Poole too was asked about his current standing with Green. His response was telling.
“He apologized,” Poole said at the time. “… we’re here to play basketball and everyone in the locker room and on our team knows what it takes to win a championship. And we’re going to do that on the court and I mean that’s really all I have to say on the matter. We’re here to win a championship.”
Poole has struggled so far this season. Green hasn’t been shy about pointing that out.
Pat Bev tried to warn everybody about CP3 and Kim K from the jump. https://t.co/lVgzrxWyXz
— Game 7 (@game7__) December 2, 2022
The dynamic between them is still clearly off.
If the Warriors ultimately get it together and come back to win a championship, obviously everything that would have happened prior to that would be moot.
But if that doesn’t happen, Green’s decision to punch Poole will likely go down in the record books as the thing that truly derailed Golden State’s repeat campaign.