Going back to the conflict at the time, during the Warriors’ group practice a few days before the preseason, 32-year-old forward and veteran Draymond Green had a physical conflict with 23-year-old guard Jordan Poole. Green walked to Poole first. In front of him, he used his body to smash the provocation, and then the two sides were very close. After Poole pushed each other away with both hands, Green also punched and knocked Poole down. After that, teammates rushed to try to distance the two. This video, which captured the detailed fighting process, was also leaked to the online media the next day after the incident, causing an uproar in the outside world.
The NBA official, who has always been strictly disciplined, did not interfere
At the start of the regular season, it is believed that both players and teams have received official NBA fines. Whether it is foul language to the media, abusing the referee on the court, stepping on the edge of the court by a player on the bench, using inappropriate gestures or having a dispute on the court, etc., without exception, they will receive an official NBA fine.
Previously in the offseason, the largest shareholder of the Warriors, Joe Lacob, also disclosed that the luxury tax regulations were very unfair to the Warriors because of openly discussing the league’s luxury tax system and the team’s labor issues during the interview. Although the Warriors won a championship last season, they are the only team on the team that pays the highest player salary, including the luxury tax. After the remarks were broadcast, the league officials immediately issued a fine of $500,000 to the Warriors, saying that Lacob and executives violated league rules by collectively talking about the league’s collective bargaining agreement without authorization.
And five years ago, an NBA team also had a similar brawl with the Warriors. At that time, Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis, 27, was suspected of having a preseason training with teammates 31-year-old forward Nikolai. Mirotic had a physical confrontation and also used his fist to beat the opponent. After that, he was fined and suspended by the team and the NBA for 8 games. However, now the incident not only happened, but the process was also leaked to the Internet and forced to be made public, but the league has not made any interference or punishment within the Warriors.
Problems within the team haven’t heated up enough to require NBA intervention
For the league, the reason for not intervening in this incident is because they believe that the Warriors’ internal problems have not reached the level that requires the NBA to intervene.
Joe Dumars, the NBA’s executive vice president and head of basketball operations earlier, explained this in an interview with ESPN’s “NBA Today”. He said that the league understands the internal problems of each team and hopes that the team can try to deal with it, especially in the team’s training and internal problems. It should be handled by the team, as are internal issues. If the severity of the internal problems has reached the point that the team is difficult to handle, the league will only take action.
Dumars also emphasized that some situations may occur on the team every day, and the team will inevitably need to deal with these problems, and will not rise to the level that requires the league to intervene every time. He also praised Warriors coach Kerr, general manager and president Bob Myers and CEO Lacob for handling the team’s internal issues during the brawl.
Inside the Warriors
Since the outflow of the video of the fight, the relationship between Green and Poole is well known, and the overall morale of the Warriors will also be affected. If the internal problems cannot be resolved, it may threaten the team’s performance in the new season.
Afterwards, the Warriors held talks with Green and asked him to temporarily leave the team for autonomous training. While many NBA watchers and analysts predicted the Warriors would suspend Green, head coach Kerr dismissed that claim and said they did not see a need to suspend Green after many conversations with all parties involved within the team. job.
It is worth mentioning that Poole also played an important role in preventing Green from being suspended in this meeting, and it is clear that the young Poole ignored the past suspicions and put the Warriors’ overall situation first. A few days later, Kerr announced that the team had fined the Warriors veteran who won four championship rings, though he would return to the lineup in the final game of the preseason. Poole and Green competed on the same stage in the last game of the preseason, and there was no obvious contact and friction between the two sides.
After the incident, Poole also signed a four-year, high-paying contract worth 140 million with the team until 2027. Poole also opened his mouth for the first time after the conflict, saying that his personal grievances have vanished, and the current stage is to solve the problem and solve the problem. It is important to continue to move forward with the team, which means that this incident has come to an end.
Next, they will work together with the Warriors to fight for the NBA championship in the regular season this season.