It remains unclear what caused the issue, but Warriors head coach Steve Kerr says that Draymond Green and Jordan Poole have moved past their verbal altercation that took place on the Warriors bench on Wednesday.
“They hashed it out afterward,” Kerr said on Thursday. “They’re good.
“One of the things we love about Draymond is his energy and passion. We all know sometimes it bubbles over. The great thing with Dray is he’s always about the team. He’s always circling back. His loyalty and his passion always land in the right spot. Over 82 games, stuff like that is going to happen. It’s behind us.”
The spat took place during the second quarter of Wednesday’s 123-110 win over the Timberwolves at Chase Center. A fan caught the exchange, which involved Green being held back by teammates as he yelled in Poole’s direction.
Neither player has spoken to the media since, so we don’t yet know the details, but moments before, Poole didn’t hustle back on defense after Green committed a turnover.
Kerr sounded like he was more than happy with Green taking matters into his own hands to discipline Poole.
“We’re giving Jordan a lot of rope,” Kerr said of Poole. “We want him to be aggressive. We need him to get to the rim. We need him to attack. That means he’s going to make some mistakes, because he’s just in his third year.
“But we have the internal leadership to rein him in. So, it’s not always me or one of the coaches who has to watch film with him and say, ‘Hey, this is what you could have done,’ or, ‘That is what you could have done.’ It’s our veteran players. It’s Andre [Iguodala], Draymond, [Stephen Curry]. They do it together to help Jordan. There’s some tough love and there’s some lighter stuff, and everything in between.”