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Old Klay Thompson quote about Jordan Poole goes viral after practice incident

Klay Thompson with a headband

Jun 5, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) warms up before game two of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

People are reading deeper into an old quote by Klay Thompson after the Golden State Warriors’ practice altercation this week.

The Warriors recently returned from a pair of preseason games in Tokyo, Japan. During their time there, Thompson and his fellow Splash Brother Steph Curry teamed up to win a friendly exhibition three-point contest.

After their win, Thompson joked that “it was nice to humble Jordan Poole.”

Thompson’s comment, though obviously made in jest, is now taking on new life however after the news that Poole got into a altercation at practice with teammate Draymond Green. Poole has always had a bit of braggadocio, and reports emerged after the incident that a build-up from Poole’s bad attitude around teammates may have been to blame for the altercation.

Behind every joke is a little bit of truth, which is why Thompson’s remark about Poole is drawing renewed attention. But it is worth mentioning that another respected Warrior recently came out in public support of Poole.

Warriors GM dismisses 1 part of Draymond Green report

Draymond Green in a warmup shirt

May 18, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) before game one of the 2022 western conference finals against the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green apologized to his teammates on Thursday for his altercation with teammate Jordan Poole the day before.

On Wednesday night, a report came out saying that Green had been in a physical altercation with Poole and struck the guard during the team’s practice. A subsequent report suggested that Poole had been annoying his teammates and that the young player had changed in anticipation of receiving a big contract from the team.

Warriors executive Bob Myers spoke with reporters on Thursday and shared that Green showed up in the morning to apologize to the team for his actions. Myers said Green would be disciplined internally for the incident. The executive also dismissed the report about finances having anything to do with the matter.

“I don’t think this is related to who’s getting paid and who isn’t,” Myers said.

Myers also said he didn’t think this would affect the team.

“This isn’t our first thing that’s happened … first sense of adversity. Don’t like going through it, but it’s part of the NBA, and it’s part of sports.”

Myers can say this won’t affect the team, but it’s certainly not a good way to begin a season. The Warriors had a blowup between Green and Kevin Durant a few years ago. They ended up losing in the NBA Finals that year, and Durant departed for Brooklyn over the offseason.

Jordan Poole was annoying teammates prior to Draymond Green altercation?

Jordan Poole with his eyes closed

May 26, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole (3) during the national anthem before game five of the 2022 western conference finals against the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

We are learning more about what may have led to the incident between Golden State Warriors teammates Draymond Green and Jordan Poole.

Green and Poole reportedly got into a physical altercation at practice on Wednesday. Though the two players have been known to get into verbal arguments, Green was described as having escalated Wednesday’s episode by “forcefully” striking Poole. You can read more about the incident here.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports offered some context later in the day on Wednesday. Haynes says that there had been a buildup from Warriors players regarding Poole. Teammates had reportedly noticed a change in Poole’s behavior throughout training camp with the 23-year-old guard on the verge of landing a sizable extension from the team. Haynes also adds that Green was apologetic in the aftermath of his altercation with Poole.

It is possible that this latest information is a leak from Green’s camp in an attempt at damage control, especially since Green faces potential discipline from the Warriors over the incident with Poole. But Poole, who was a very important asset to Golden State’s title run last season with 18.5 points and 4.0 assists per game, does likely have a huge bag coming his way.

In recent weeks, we have seen other young wings like San Antonio’s Keldon Johnson (four years, $80 million), New York’s RJ Barrett (four years, $120 million), and Miami’s Tyler Herro (four years, $130 million) score lucrative rookie-scale extensions from their respective NBA teams (all totals including incentives). Unlike any of those guys though, Poole has helped lead his team to a championship and may very well be the best young player on a Warriors squad mostly populated by 30-somethings.

We know Poole is already somewhat of a prideful player. Now that he has a championship ring secured and a Brinks truck seemingly on the way, it may all be getting to Poole’s head a little bit.

Draymond Green reportedly had physical altercation with Warriors teammate

Draymond Green on the court

May 24, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts after a play against the Dallas Mavericks during the first quarter in game four of the 2022 Western Conference finals at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors’ title defense is already off to an interesting start.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that a physical altercation occurred at Warriors practice Wednesday that has the team considering disciplinary action against ex-Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green. Charania says Green had a heated interaction with teammate Jordan Poole. The two players reportedly came chest-to-chest and exchanged pushes and shoves before Green escalate the situation by “forcefully” striking Poole.

Charania adds that Green and Poole are known to regularly get into verbal spats but that team management feels a line was crossed with Wednesday’s incident. You can read Charania’s full reporting on the situation here.

Green, 32, is one of the NBA’s most animated and controversial characters and serves as the emotional leader of the Warriors. As for Poole, 23, he is entering his fourth season in Golden State and broke out last year with 18.5 points per game. Poole is also having ongoing contract negotiations with the Warriors as he is currently due to hit restricted free agency next offseason. Similarly, Green can become a free agent next summer too and reportedly wants Golden State to pay up.

This kind of behavior is hardly surprising from Green and is perhaps not all that uncommon among NBA teams overall (after all, Warriors coach Steve Kerr once famously punched then-Chicago Bulls teammate Michael Jordan during a practice in the ’90s). But it is worth noting that Green has already been disciplined by the Warriors in the past for squabbles with teammates.

Draymond Green looking to play with 1 opposing NBA star?

Draymond Green in a warmup shirt

May 18, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) before game one of the 2022 western conference finals against the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

After building an empire with Steph Curry over the last decade, Draymond Green could looking to trade him in for someone who is 11 years younger.

Sean Deveney of Heavy.com spoke with an unnamed Western Conference executive this week who suggested that the Golden State Warriors star Green might be intrigued about the possibility of playing with Dallas Mavericks phenom Luka Doncic.

“[Green] does not want to [leave Golden State], but if you ask around, I think there is a sense that he would,” the executive was quoted as saying. “There is a limit on how much they’re going to spend to keep this thing together. Because they have young guys are just about every position, they are approaching it like there’s no one outside of Steph they have to keep.

“He has always thought about playing for Detroit, helping his hometown of Flint at the same time,” the executive added about Green. “[But] he would love to play with a superstar like Luka where he has to just play off him.”

Green, who will turn 33 next season, can become a free agent in summer 2023. Though the Warriors, who are already shoulder-deep in the luxury tax, have younger players such as Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole that they should prioritize extensions for instead, Green does not appear to be budging on his desire for a new max deal.

The former Defensive Player of the Year Green has already won four rings in Golden State, so he could be after the bag at this point of his career instead. Besides the Mavericks (who have a fairly clean long-term cap situation after Jalen Brunson left in free agency) and Green’s hometown team, the Pistons, there is another rival team that would love to have Green too.

Video: Draymond Green got into it with Akron players at Michigan State game

Draymond Green in a warmup shirt

May 18, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) before game one of the 2022 western conference finals against the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Nobody is immune from Draymond Green’s trash talk, not even [checks notes] college kids nearly a decade-and-a-half his junior.

Video went viral Saturday of the Golden State Warriors star Green trading words with Akron players ahead of their showdown against Michigan State. Green, a Spartans alum, was inducted this weekend into the Michigan State Hall of Fame and stuck around for Saturday’s home game against Akron.

The video showed Green, wearing a dark green hat, in the back of the end zone stepping towards the Akron players and shouting at them along with other members of his entourage. A security or staff member was then seen asking Green and the others to move back. Check it out.

Green must have gotten into Akron’s heads, as they came out and got turned into purée by Michigan State. The No. 14-ranked Spartans blanked Akron, winning by a comical final of 52-0 to improve to 2-0 on the young season.

This is textbook behavior though from the former NBA Defensive Player of the Year Green. We know that he runs his mouth at anybody in his path, be they guys in uniform, guys in suits, and everyone else in between.

Draymond Green goes viral for fiery offseason speech

Draymond Green in a warmup shirt

May 18, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) before game one of the 2022 western conference finals against the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green’s mouth usually gets him technical fouls, but now he is using it to inspire.

The Golden State Warriors star went viral this week for a passionate speech during one of Rico Hines’ renowned summer runs at UCLA. Addressing his fellow NBA players who were also participating in the run, Green spoke on the importance of knowing your role in the league. Green then chastised the guys who did not give their all in a two-minute drill at the end of the session.

Green walked the walk during the run too, giving a good effort and hitting some quality shots.

The ten-year veteran Green may be the NBA’s ultimate role player. He has now won four total championships by focusing on defense, rebounding, and playmaking to help set the table for superstar teammates like Steph Curry and (when he was still in Golden State) Kevin Durant to do their thing.

Green is flipping the script when it comes to these offseason runs as well. The last time he was at UCLA, Green went viral for an embarrassing reason.

Past, present Warriors combine for great photo at Draymond Green’s wedding

Draymond Green smiling

Feb 20, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) stands on the court before the game against the Houston Rockets at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Avengers came together at Draymond Green’s wedding.

The Warriors star Green married his longtime girlfriend Hazel Renee in a ceremony over the weekend. Among the guests were a whole lot of Golden State players, both past and present. One awesome group shot in particular went viral. In a very remarkable who’s who of Warriors from over the years, Dorell Wright, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Klay Thompson, Shaun Livingston, Leandro Barbosa, Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody, Matt Barnes, and Gary Payton II all posed for a picture.

No fewer than 14 NBA championship rings are accounted for in just that one photo alone.

Many other NBA players not seen in the picture were also present at Green’s wedding. Among them were Andre Iguodala, Kevon Looney, Steph Curry, Damion Lee, and Seth Curry. LeBron James and Jayson Tatum were in attendance as well.

It is safe to say that Green has done a lot of winning with a lot of different players over his ten-year NBA career. Granted, there is one notable former Warrior who was not seen at Green’s wedding.

Ja Morant has trash talk for Draymond Green after schedule news

Ja Morant looking on

Jan 26, 2022; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) during the first half against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies are getting their shot, and they’re not about to throw it away.

Longtime basketball writer Marc Stein reported on Saturday that a matchup between the Grizzlies and the rival Golden State Warriors is on the NBA’s preliminary schedule for the 2022-23 season.

Morant, the Memphis star, responded to the news with some trash talk for Warriors counterpart Draymond Green.

“we got what we wanted dray. @Money23Green,” Morant tweeted along with a photo of a heated moment he had on the court with Green last year.

Green was actually fairly muted and deferential in his response to Morant, tweeting back, “That’s the power of your voice Young! Let’s gooooo! Bring the fam to the crib for dinner after.”

While Stein’s report did not say where the Grizzlies-Warriors Christmas Day game would take place, it’s safe to assume that it will be held at Golden State since the defending NBA champions usually play at home on Christmas. The full 2022-23 NBA schedule will officially be announced next week.

That presumptive Christmas Day game will be one of the first times (if not the first) that the Grizzlies and the Warriors meet after their acerbic second-round series in last year’s playoffs. Green in particular has also been a major source of motivation for Memphis throughout the summer.

Draymond Green has interesting take on Kevin Durant

Draymond Green in a warmup shirt

May 18, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) before game one of the 2022 western conference finals against the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green might be getting Kevin Durant mad online again with his latest comments.

The Golden State Warriors star Green did a mailbag segment on an episode this week of his podcast for The Volume. One fan sent in a question asking Green who he thought was the better pure scorer — Carmelo Anthony in his prime or Durant in his prime. Green surprisingly chose Anthony.

“I’m going to go with Melo,” said Green. “And the reason I’m gonna go with Melo is because I grew up watching Melo score the basketball. Melo came to the league in ’03. I was 13 years old. I grew up watching Melo get a bucket however you wanted.

“You wanted mid-post work, [his] first step [was] crazy,” added Green about Anthony. “You wanted straight block work, [his] fadeaway [was] tough, and Melo will bully the hell out of somebody. You want the trey ball, we all know he can do that. He’s just a three-point shooter for the USA Team. We all know USA Olympic Melo is crazy. [He can] get to the free-throw line.”

Green, one of the premier defenders of this NBA generation, played (and reached the mountaintop) with both stars. Green and Anthony won Olympic gold together at Rio in 2016. Meanwhile, Green and Durant won two NBA championships together on the Golden State Warriors in 2017 and 2018 (plus Olympic gold at Rio in 2016 and at Tokyo in 2020).

As Green hinted at, Anthony was probably the more fundamentally sound and versatile scorer. He could get buckets by facing up or having his back to the basket. Anthony was also averaging almost ten foul shots per game at his apex and won a scoring title in his late prime in 2012-13. But Durant, with four scoring titles to his own name, is likely the more gifted scorer at 6-foot-10 with the ball-handling ability of a guard. Durant’s high release makes his shot near-impossible to block, and he is a 50-40-90 threat every single year.

Green did take a very long time to decide between Anthony and Durant and admitted at the end that there might not be a wrong answer. But this may be a repeat of earlier this year when Durant interpreted some other remarks that Green made about him as shade.