the Warriors‘ The 2022-23 season ended after their loss in Game 6 against Lakers.
With a troubled campaign now in the books, Golden State guard Jordan Poole opens the preseason incident of Draymond Greenwhere his teammate punched him in the face during practice, and the video was leaked.
Speaking to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Poole opened up about the situation, which happened in October, and explained why he didn’t talk about the incident during the regular season.
“I don’t talk much about it. But I will say … there has to be a different level of maturity,” Poole said. “We have a season to play. You have to play with these guys in the locker room, and that’s why I said maturity is a big thing. What I really know is that there aren’t many people who can think rationally and understand the enormity of the situation, you know?
Ultimately Poole explained that he didn’t think it would have much of an impact on the season. He had a lot to say when asked about the situation of his time exit interviews.
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“I mean, we got to the second round of the playoffs,” Poole said. “We had a good season, the guys improved and there were a lot of exciting moments. I don’t think anything has changed any of that.”
After a breakout third season in the league, Poole had a strong year despite the preseason incident. The 23-year-old averaged 20 points per game on 43% shooting, but he struggled in the playoffs, posting just two games of 20-plus points and shooting 34% from the floor.
Although Poole showed the necessary maturity to move on from the incident, ESPN sources said the tension on the team “has never gone away.” Internal turmoil aside, it was a disappointing end to the season for a team looking to repeat as champions after a thrilling title run last season.