SAN FRANCISCO – Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Draymond Green vs Jordan Poole was the “biggest crisis” of his time at the helm at the NBA champion.
Speaking after the Warriors’ pre-season game against Portland late Tuesday, Kerr confirmed that Green received an undisclosed fine following last week’s midweek change to Poole.
Dramatic video of the incident shows Green punching Poole in the face after his temper flared up during a practice session.
However Green escaped suspension for the incident, with Kerr saying the four-time NBA champion will return to practice on Thursday and play in a pre-season game against Denver on Friday.
Kerr said the decision not to suspend Green – who was handed a one-match ban by the club for a shootout in 2018 with Kevin Durant – was made after extensive discussion with players and team officials.
“I can tell you there’s been a lot of talk – personal discussions, one-on-one, player-only discussions,” Kerr said. “It is a comprehensive process.
“After evaluating everything, we feel this is the best way for us to move forward. It’s never easy, no matter what decision you make, it’s never perfect.
“This is the biggest crisis we have had since I coached here. It’s really serious. We are not perfect. Our team is not perfect. (General Manager) Bob (Myers) and I have certainly shared our mistakes over the years.
“But we will build on the experience we have together over the past nine years and trust that this is the best decision for our team.
“We have a lot of work to do. All of us.”
Kerr did not disclose the amount of the fine for Green, and urged fans to support the 32-year-old striker’s decision not to suspend.
“I’m not going to talk about the fine other than to say he was fined,” Kerr said.
“Every situation is completely different. We don’t look at things in a vacuum and say ‘We did it here, so we have to do it there’.
“We hope we’ve grown to be fair enough that people can trust us when we say we’ve given this decision a lot of thought.”
The Warriors take on the Los Angeles Lakers next Tuesday in the opening game of the 2022-2023 NBA season.
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