Current and former NBA players go viral for reactions to Draymond Green punching Jordan Poole

Peter Dewey
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The NBA world didn’t hold back reacting to a video of Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green punching teammate Jordan Poole.

In the video, which was leaked on Friday, Green and Poole appear to get into things verbally as the veteran forward approaches the young guard. Poole then pushes Green away from him before the four-time champion unleashes a punch to Poole’s face.

Several current and former NBA players shared their reactions to the incident, and some of their opinions varied.

Current Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young offered an interesting take, as he believes Green may be trying to get to Los Angeles after throwing the punch.

Guard Isaiah Thomas, who played with the Charlotte Hornets at the end of the 2021-22 season, gave his take on the matter. He thinks that if Poole and Green were really rocking with each other, then the situation wouldn’t have escalated in the way it did.

Former Warriors big man David West expressed disappointment that the video was leaked and that the players and coaches allowed the situation to get to that point.

ESPN analyst and former NBA player Richard Jefferson revealed that fights are more common than people think in the NBA.

Former NBA guard Brandon Jennings also had an interesting take, as he questioned whether or not Green would have punched Poole had they been outside of an NBA facility.

While everyone seems to have their own take on the matter, it’s clear that Green crossed a line. Warriors general manager Bob Myers has already said that the team will handle discipline for Green internally.

“These things happen. Nobody likes it, we don’t condone it, but it happens,” Myers said. “Draymond apologized to the team. Jordan was there in the room. … As far as any suspension, punishment, fine, we will handle that internally.”

Poole and Green were both integral parts of the Warriors’ run to win the NBA Finals last season. Poole put himself on the map with a career season, and Green played the steady role he has with Golden State for years, defending and setting up his teammates on the offensive end.

Now, the Warriors hope that the two can put the incident behind them as the team prepares for the start of the 2022-23 regular season later this month.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball, football and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.