Jordan Poole and Draymond Green were two essential pieces of the Golden State Warriors’ championship run in 2021-22.
Unfortunately, a physical altercation between them late last week threatens to derail their future together.
In a now-viral video, Green can be seen brutally punching Poole after a series of particularly unfriendly words were exchanged.
Although all parties involved have since tried to give the impression that they were moving past the incident, it appears as though that may in fact not be the case.
“I’ve had sources tell me that behind the scenes, Jordan Poole has not forgiven Draymond,” NBA insider Cyrus Saatsaz reported this week.
“They haven’t spoken, and he’s not happy. I don’t know how you could be. It’s a horrible look. The image of it is awful. It’s borderline emasculating…I rarely say ‘I don’t know’ when it comes to the Warriors; I don’t know what’s going to happen here.”
In recent days Golden State has made it no secret who, between Poole and Green, they value more. That in turn has led to speculation about a possible 3-team trade that could solve a lot of problems.
Repeating in the NBA is tough. It’s hard even when there is no internal strife within the organization.
What Green did has just made the Warriors’ efforts to win a second consecutive championship about ten times harder.
It is certainly possible that Golden State will find a way to move past this. The franchise’s culture is particularly strong. Stronger than most others in the NBA.
Travis Kelce is gonna drop 5 TDs on the Cowboys in the Super Bowl now. https://t.co/J9ANGzT9zI
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 11, 2022
But even they have limits.
Will the Warriors be able to overcome this early drama and ultimately win a title in 2022-23?
Time will tell.
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