Jordan Poole of the Warriors on Draymond Green’s incident: “He apologized … we’re here to win a championship”

For the first time since being punched in the face by Draymond Green during training camp, Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole answered questions from the media and dealt with the situation that put the reigning champions on the front line. and in the center for all the wrong reasons.

“[Draymond] he apologized ” Poole said. “[It was] professional, and we intend to manage ourselves this way. We are here to play basketball and everyone in the locker room and on the team knows what it takes to win a championship and we will do it on the pitch. This is really all I have to say on the matter. We are here to win a championship and continue to hang banners. “

Earlier this month, reports surfaced that Green and Poole had been involved in an accident during rehearsal. The video was soon released showing it was more serious than anyone outside the organization knew. After Green walked into Poole’s face along the sideline, the young guard pushed him away and Green returned with a vicious punch. Somehow, Poole was not seriously injured.

However, the violence of the incident, the discrepancy in age, size, team role and the contractual drama made this a serious situation that the Warriors had to resolve on the fly. Green took a leave of absence during the camp and was ultimately fined but not suspended for any regular season games.

“We believe this is the best way, after evaluating everything, to move forward,” Warriors manager Steve Kerr said Tuesday. “It’s never easy. No matter what decision you make in a situation like this, it won’t be perfect. This is the biggest crisis we’ve ever had since I’ve been a manager here – really serious things.

“… We are very proud of what we have built here – the continuity, the culture – and there is no way around it, that culture has been damaged by this accident. And so you have to work to fix it. You have to get that atmosphere back. , everyday”.

“… Draymond and I have been together for eight years. We have had a lot of fights. We have won championships together, we have lost championships together. We have been through a lot together. I’m giving the benefit of the doubt because I think he earned it and I think our team feels the same way. So he knows he needs to get it back. “

Green apologized to the team and had a personal conversation with Poole, whom the latter acknowledged on Sunday.

“I’ll take a few days, or I don’t know how many days,” Green said after stepping away from the team. “But take some time for myself, allow our team to begin the healing process, but take some time for myself, deepen my thoughts and do the things I need to do to keep working on of me.

“I will continue to stay away, as I have been away. And, you know, I continue to work on myself, as I always like to do. But even just to make room for the kids. It’s a big deal. It’s not like you keep pushing. The reality is that there is no right or wrong time …. But by saying this, I want to give space to my team, I want to give Jordan some space. But even take just a few days, or whatever it is, and keep working on myself and thinking about the things I have to think about, and really take some time to let it all breathe. “

The Warriors have been trying to show a united front to the public in recent days and only they will know how much damage has been done behind the scenes. We will have a chance to see for ourselves how it affects their game on Tuesday when they face the Los Angeles Lakers on opening night.

As for Poole, it will be ready to go and powered by a brand new contract extension worth $ 140 million over four years. The Warriors formalized the deal on Sunday, completing three whirlwind years for Poole who went from a “lost” rookie according to Kerr to a $ 100 million man.

“First I wanted to close the deal,” Poole said. “I love it here in the Bay and it’s really exciting. Great organization, great group. We even won a championship; it would be pretty crazy to want to leave a team that won a championship. We got our boys back and we’re excited, we want to do it again. all over again “.

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