The incident begins with trash talk between the two players, which leads Green to walk over to Poole and confront him. Poole shoves Green in the chest to push him away, and Green responds with a punch to the face that knocks Poole to the ground. He then stands over Poole before teammates and coaches break them up.
General manager Bob Myers said Thursday that he doesn’t expect Green to be suspended for the punch, although sources tell Anthony Slater of The Athletic that a suspension was discussed. A fine appears likely, and Slater points out that $50K is the maximum permitted under NBA rules. The league hasn’t announced any disciplinary action against Green, though that could change with the release of the video.
The Warriors won’t practice today, as the team hopes a day off will help defuse the situation, Slater adds. Green is expected to return to practice Saturday in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Lakers. It hasn’t been determined if he will meet with the media following that practice.
Several members of the organization addressed the fight on Thursday, including Stephen Curry, who shot down rumors that Poole came to camp with a sense of entitlement after a breakout season.
“JP’s (attitude has) been great,” Curry said. “There’s nothing that warranted the situation yesterday. I want to make that clear. It’s also something we feel like will not derail our season and what we’re trying to build. That’s with Draymond a part of that.”
Coach Steve Kerr echoed those sentiments about Poole, although Slater states that he was clearly upset over the fight and the fact that it become public. Golden State began the preseason with a trip to Tokyo, and Kerr didn’t want another distraction to deal with.
Hanging over the altercation are the contract situations for Green and Poole, who are both eligible for extensions. At 23, Poole could be a valuable part of Golden State’s future, and Slater hears that he’s willing to accept a long-term offer to stay with the organization. Myers addressed that possibility on Thursday, saying the team has been talking to Poole’s representatives about reaching a deal before the October 17 deadline and “(the incident) doesn’t change our feelings on it.”
Green, 32, has a $27.6MM player option for 2023/24, but he could decide to test the free agent market next summer. He has four championship rings and has been an important part of the Warriors’ success, but he has stated publicly that he doesn’t expect the team to give him an extension this fall.