On October 5, two Golden State Warriors teammates got into a fight that made national headlines and forever changed their relationship.
After exchanging words, Draymond Green confronted Jordan Poole, leading to Poole shoving Green. That led to Green hitting Poole, in fact, and the two tangled before he broke.
No one realized how serious the incident was until the video leaked, much to the dismay of everyone involved.
But perhaps no one was more upset with his pitch than Green himself.
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Green says the video leak was “100 percent calculated” to portray him negatively.
“As someone who is involved in the incident, watching the video completely forgot about everything that happened. Because in the video, you see a video with no audio, you see a three-second clip of me walking up and swaying. That’s what you see. That video was posted like that to portray me exactly the way it did,” Green said in a recent interview with Bleacher Report. “Does that mean I wasn’t wrong in what I did? No, that doesn’t mean that. It was 100 percent the wrong reaction. But in everything, there’s also a whole story. I don’t mind sharing my story.” Someday I will…
“But what I found out from watching that video all day is like, damn, this was actually what I was meant to do,” he continued. “This was intended to form an opinion about me and not give another side. Like, not even allowing another opinion to be formed. This video was posted like this. No audio. If we have this video, we have all the practice, right? We got everything, right? All you see is five seconds. So what I had to do is, number one, because once it’s released, I’m experiencing a lot of emotions. Like, I’m upset. How the hell does this get posted? I’m going through hell because you’re only at the discretion of public opinion.”
The fight came less than three months after the Warriors won their fourth NBA title in the past seven years; they have been unable to overcome a championship hangover with a 20-21 record at midseason.
But Green doesn’t think the fight is necessarily to blame, as the two continue to work on their relationship, though she admitted she would never be the same again.
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“We’re going to work every day together,” he later said. “Our lockers are next to each other, that never changed. We rode the same buses together, changed in the same locker room on the way together, none of that has changed. Did our relationship change, of course? Absolutely. That still it’s a work in progress. I’ll always be willing to continue doing that work because I screwed up. Definitely let it go, and we’ve moved on, and that’s okay. But is it different? 100 percent Not that I expected it to be the same…
“I’m seeing improvement, day by day, week by week, month by month. I’m seeing improvement. That’s all you can ask for. I don’t expect him to come out and say, ‘Man, I want to hang out with you.’ Court.’ I don’t expect that. I’m not a fool… It’s pretty much what I expected it to be. But it was a constant work in progress for our team composition, for our team’s success. I keep doing the job.”
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The Warriors have lost three in a row after winning their previous five. Stephen Curry has missed 11 games with a shoulder injury.
Golden State begins a five-game road trip on Friday after concluding an eight-game home skid. Before that, they were on the road for six in a row.