A physical altercation between Draymond Green and Jordan Poole brought Warriors practice to a halt on Wednesday, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Green punched Poole, who escaped without injury, and Golden State has since considered taking strong disciplinary action.
Arguments between the two are not uncommon, according to the report, but there was clearly some extra emotion fuelling this particular run-in.
That may have something to do with Green and other Warriors players noticing a change in Poole’s demeanour recently, as reported by Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.
It’s unclear whether Poole has been acting differently because he is close to signing a highly lucrative extension.
Green, on the other hand, will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season, and the Warriors already have an eye-watering $196 million tied up in their current roster.
There’s only so much money to go around, but only time will tell how much of a role that played in today’s uproar.
The Best Reactions to Draymond Green-Jordan Poole Altercation
Draymond Green and Jordan Poole got into a physical altercation at practice, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, and the internet has some thoughts.
Here are the best reactions from around the Twittersphere:
Zion Williamson Scores 13 Points In Win Over Bulls Draymond Green and Jordan
Zion Williamson took the court for the first time since May 4, 2021, scoring 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist in a 129 to 125 win over the Chicago Bulls.
“It was dope. It was my first time playing an NBA game in a long time. I’m most excited about playing the game I love and being out there with my team,” said Williamson following the win.
The 22-year-old was one of five Pelicans to score in double figures.
“Got a new team since the last time, and I’m still learning some of these guys. Today we were able to click. If we can do that for the rest of these preseason games, we should be in good shape,” said Williamson.
The young team’s chemistry was on full display.
“It’s almost like that college bond you have when everybody is so close. With this team, everyone wants to see each other succeed whenever anybody does something, we’re all celebrating, and you can see it. So I think that’s what makes us special,” said Williamson.
This will be Williamson’s third season playing in the league.
He’s averaging 25.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists for his career.
Coach Willie Green, who joined the team last season, got his first chance to draw up some plays for Williamson.
“He looked good and he’s just going to continue to get better,” Green said. “That’s what we know about Z. He works at it. He’s a competitor. And you know it doesn’t look like it but he had 13 points, and four rebounds in 15 minutes. That’s the type of work he puts in on the floor.”
Next up for the Pels is a Friday night matchup against the Detroit Pistons.
Victor Wembanyama, Scoot Henderson Showcase Talent in Exhibition Game
The presumptive top-two picks in the 2023 NBA Draft – Victor Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson – showcased their talent in an exhibition game on Tuesday night, representing the Metropolitans 92 team and the G League Ignite respectively.
“He [Wembanyama] was amazing,” Metropolitans 92 coach Vincent Collet said after the game, via ESPN.
“What he can do with his size, his agility, mobility, not only his ability to shoot the 3, moving very well. He even made a couple of very good passes. I think he [had] a real good game but he also will learn from the first half. He has to fight more because he knows to expect that kind of aggressive defense.”
Wembanyama, who’s listed at 7-5, finished the game with 37 points and five blocks on 11-20 shooting from the field and 7-11 shooting from three.
Henderson wowed scouts too, scoring 28 points to go along with five rebounds and nine assists.
The G League Ignite pulled out the win 122-115; but the Metropolitans 92 will have a chance to even the score on Thursday in a much-anticipated rematch.
Kyrie Irving Delivers Message to Ben Simmons
The Brooklyn Nets are easily the most mysterious team heading into the new season. The talent is there, but the question marks linger.
Can they compensate for Ben Simmons’ inability to shoot from the perimeter and the free-throw line? Can Kyrie Irving stay healthy? Can they overcome their lack of size? Will Simmons at center work?
The Nets have plenty of skeptics, but Irving has publicly assured Simmons everything will be just fine.
“Anytime somebody comes back it’s gonna take some time.” Irving told reporters after Simmons preseason debut. “What our responsibility is as teammates for him is just to make the game easier. I was telling him at halftime when you’re playing with some high-level players, despite what you heard, we’re going to make the game easy for you.
“He’s gonna love playing with us. He’s gonna love getting up and down the floor with us. For him to be out there for his first day and for us to experience it with him, it’s something we can remember for the rest of the season as something that we got through. Since day one, highly-anticipated and glad it went his way tonight on some easy baskets. He made some great plays but obviously he has ways to go before he gets to feeling like his true self.”
Simmons had his moments in the Nets’ preseason opener against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.
He finished with 6 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 19 minutes, but was still the subject of ridicule after missing his only two free throws and severely botching a turnaround jumper.
It’s safe to say Simmons will have to a show a lot more to silence his doubters. But at least for now he has Irving in his corner.
NBA GMs Project Bucks, Warriors, and Clippers as Title Favorites
NBA general managers are projecting the Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, and Los Angeles Clippers as title favorites for the 2022-23 season, per the NBA App GM Survey.
The Bucks received 43% of the vote; franchise superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo was also voted the best power-forward in the league and the player GMs would most want to build a franchise around.
The defending-champion Warriors received 25% of the vote and were deemed the “most fun” team to watch.
The Clippers received 21% of the vote and were unsurprisingly voted to be the “most improved” over last season.
The Boston Celtics fell to fourth-place with just 11% of the vote; but were voted the “best defensive team” in the league.
It goes without saying that things probably won’t shake out as we expect – but it’s fair for the Bucks to be considered the favorite, so long as they stay healthy.