Obviously, this was a very ugly situation that could get Green suspended and could even impair the team’s special brand of culture and brotherhood.
But there is hope that perhaps some good could come from it in the long run.
Head coach Steve Kerr probably thinks that’s possible.
In fact, he’s been in a similar situation and it worked out well for him and his Chicago Bulls back in the 1990s.
Kerr opened up in the past about a time that Michael Jordan punched him in the face.
Steve Kerr on Michael Jordan punching him in the face during 1995 training camp. pic.twitter.com/979yLrFx5I
— NBA Retweet (@RTNBA) October 11, 2022
That’s right, His Airness socked Kerr during the Bulls’ training camp in 1995.
Kerr actually remembers it fondly:
“I would definitely say it helped our relationship, and that probably sounds really weird. I wouldn’t recommend that to anybody at home…For me in that case, Michael was definitely testing me, and I responded. I feel like I kind of passed the test and he trust me more afterwards.”
While it’s great to hear that Kerr and Jordan actually got closer after their fight, that might not be the case for Green.
The Damage Done To Draymond
Green knows he will have to do a lot to regain the trust of his team following his punching of Poole.
He was already known as a hot-head but he was usually only brash and confrontational to opposing teams, not his own peers at Golden State.
Kerr and Jordan were able to get over their punch but these situations are very different.
Yes, there is a chance that the Warriors will be able to move past this.
But there is also a chance that things will never really be the same.