The Golden State Warriors are the defending NBA champions, coming off of a season during which they decimated the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals.
Now, the Warriors have a lot of planning and sorting out to do in order to ensure that their dynasty will continue.
Among the big decisions are whether to extend the contract of Draymond Green, the former Michigan State Spartan, and for how much money, as well as whether to extend Jordan Poole, the team’s latest young star out of the University of Michigan, and for how much money going forward as well.
Some in sports talk radio have speculated that Green and Poole may be jockeying for position as their contracts are up for renewal in the coming years and there is only so much money to go around.
Regardless of the conditions that led up to it, the fact of the matter is that Green struck Poole during Wednesday’s practice in California, and it has the NBA world buzzing about the ramifications that are sure to ensue from the high-profile incident.
Video Shows Green Approaching Poole, Poole Push Before Massive Punch
News of the fight was broken by TMZSports.com, a website that covers celebrity and sports related news.
In it, there seems to be a break in the action at practice as Green, now 32 years old, approaches Poole, who is 23.
Both players are known for the outgoing, vibrant smiles and personalities, but Green is also known for his “enforcer” personality on the court.
In this clip, the viewer can watch as Green is showing walking up to Poole, who appears to say something to Green as he is walking away.
The video has been viewed over 1.3 million times since it was released on Friday, October 7, and can be seen below:
Green has since apologized for the punch.
Warriors General Manager Bob Myers said that the team doesn’t condone the incident but added that such altercations are known for happening in the National Basketball Association.
Meanwhile, Warriors star Stephen Curry called reports that Poole’s attitude had changed leading up to his pending contract negotiations “absolute BS,” according to the TMZ report.