Sports analyst Colin Cowherd has defended Draymond Green during his recent conflict with Jordan Poole. Reports suggest that Green threw a punch at Poole during a practice session.
On “The Herd,” Cowherd talked about the possibility of Green facing disciplinary action from the federation. He highlights how champion teams get through things and says Green is trying to keep everyone going. He say:
“After you win the championship, you need Draymond Green to bark at the established stars and Steve Kerr, and challenge the future stars, Jordan Poole. Kobe hasn’t stopped.
Cowherd also pointed to several league legends who have taken extreme measures to ensure their teammates remain focused:
“You have to have someone, when you win a championship, poke you. Dennis Rodman did it for the Bulls, Udonis Haslem did it for Miami.
“Draymond Green knows exactly what kind of person he is. He’s a tough guy, he’s a barker, he’s a communicator, he’s a villain. Unusually, he is. often the catalyst. Warriors, for sometimes Draymond’s mistakes, and I don’t categorize this as such, they know his worth.”
Stephen A. Smith believes the change between Draymond Green and Jordan Poole is “a lot of nothing”
While some may think Green’s actions were inappropriate, Stephen A. Smith said there was nothing to be done. He believes that things like that happen more than we know.
On ESPN’s “First Take,” Smith said:
“I could care less. It was teammates, they just laughed and hugged each other in June when they won the championship. This happens, you stab each other in the face, you say trash. Sometimes, punches are thrown or whatever the case may be.”
After emphasizing what could have happened and possible sanctions, he concluded by saying:
“This is the point. They play together, are teammates and together are champions. This happens all the time, nothing to worry about. I could care less.”
According to Warriors general manager Bob Myers, Green has apologized to the team. Head coach Steve Kerr also said that he expects the four-time NBA champion to return on Saturday.
Warriors fight LA Lakers in a pre-season game on Monday. Their season-opening jersey also goes against purple and yellow on October 19.