The bad blood between created by the Draymond Green and Jordan Poole practice incident isn’t going away even though the two are no longer Golden State Warriors teammates, with Poole’s father Anthony calling Green a “b—-” in response to his latest comments on the matter.
Draymond Green on his incident with Jordan Poole:
"I don't just hit people. Dialogue happens over time and you usually ain't triggered by something that fast… We know stuff you don't say amongst men. We know things that you have to stand on."@PatBevPod pic.twitter.com/nXQ0iR2dI3
— Ahn Fire Digital (@AhnFireDigital) July 19, 2023
I’m stand on this that’s is some bs. Jp was his guy and he avoid me all last yr. He is a soft as bitch and I’m standing on this and he didn’t apologize to me and my wife. So he lame and me and him can meet anytime he want
— Anthony Poole (@apoole98) July 19, 2023
Green punched the younger Poole during a practice in October, and the altercation set the Warriors back for the entire season. Head coach Steve Kerr at the time called it the biggest crisis the team had faced in his tenure with it and after their season was over, said they never really recovered from it.
The then-defending NBA champions struggled through the regular season and were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Lakers.
The aftermath this offseason saw the Warriors trade the younger Poole to the Washington Wizards as part of the deal that acquired Chris Paul, and Green re-signed with Golden State after reports stated he might leave as a free agent.
The younger Poole was thought to be an up-and-coming player for the Warriors and big part of their future when they gave him a four-year, $128 million contract extension prior to last season. The 24-year-old then went out and was one of only two Warriors to play in all 82 regular season games, averaging career-highs with 20.4 points and 4.5 assists per game.
But the Golden State organization seemingly soured on the University of Michigan product, with one report saying it thought he was “extraneous” and “inefficient.” New Warriors general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. traded him days after saying he expected the player to remain with the team for the four years on the contract extension that kicks in this season.
Green’s own value on the free agent market may have been affected by the confrontation, with one report questioning if the 33-year-old would have been frustrated by younger players on the Houston Rockets.
But it worked out for him, however, with a new $100 million deal and another chance to team with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in pursuit of their fifth NBA title together without the distractions that Green himself helped create last season.