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Draymond Green issues public apology to Jordan Poole, plans to step away from team for a few days

The Warriors forward should be on the court when the season starts.

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Jordan Poole #3 and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors react after Poole made a three-point basket against the Charlotte Hornets in the first half at Chase Center on November 03, 2021 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Saturday update — Green has apologized in his news conference to Poole, Poole’s family and the Warriors. He also said he plans on stepping away from the team for a few days. This incident escalated Friday after TMZ published a video showing Green punching Poole in Golden State’s practice.

Friday update — TMZ obtained a video of the altercation and it’s pretty much what you would expect. It looks like Dray gets in Poole’s face before the guard shoves him and then a fight ensues. You can check it out for yourself here.

Thursday update — Warriors GM Bob Myers said Draymond Green’s discipline will be handled internally, but the power forward is unlikely to miss games as a result of his practice confrontation with Jordan Poole. Green has been known to have spats with anyone when he gets charged up, so going after Poole is not entirely surprising. Golden State is typically able to overcome these minor things, like it did when Green and Kevin Durant had an exchange during a game.

Update — So apparently Poole came to camp with a different attitude toward teammates on the verge of signing a big extension, per Chris Haynes.

The Golden State Warriors could discipline PF Draymond Green after a physical altercation with SG Jordan Poole at practice on Wednesday, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Right now the Warriors are considering options to discipline Green, who we know has a extensive history with suspensions. It’s just normally they aren’t for getting into it with a teammate.

The two got into a heated interaction and Green struck Poole before they were separated, per the report from Shams. Apparently this isn’t anything new between Green and Poole, who have gotten into heated conversations before. The report via staff describes that “a lined was crossed”.

Does this impact the team with a few weeks until opening night? Probably not. It’s the Dubs. The defending champions. Things will end up being fine. It isn’t like one of them will request a trade or something (at least not for now).

The Warriors enter 2022-23 with the second-best odds to go back-to-back and win it all again at +600 on DraftKings Sportsbook. Poole is the favorite to win 6th Man of the Year at +400. Green has +1100 odds to win Defensive Player of the Year.