This isn't how Golden State wants to tip off its championship defense.
Per the report, a "heated interaction" escalated at Warriors practice on Wednesday when Green "forcefully struck Poole." Prior to Green striking Poole, the two players went chest-to-chest while pushing and shoving each other, according to the report.
Yahoo Sports' Vincent Goodwill reported the tension between the two has been boiling since training camp as both players are up for contract extensions.
Sources told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes that Green apologized after the altercation and the players have history, but no Golden State players felt the incident was warranted.
Draymond Green was apologetic in aftermath of the altercation with Jordan Poole, but there was a buildup stemming from teammates noticing a change in Poole’s behavior throughout camp with the guard on the verge of securing a lucrative extension, league sources tell @YahooSports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) October 6, 2022
The Warriors ended practice after the altercation and are leaning toward disciplining Green for the escalation, according to The Athletic report. It's not clear what type of discipline Green might face. There was no report of either player sustaining an injury in the altercation.
Warriors have suspended Green before
But the Warriors have disciplined Green as well. They suspended him for a single game in 2018 for "conduct detrimental to the team." That time he called then-teammate Kevin Durant a "bitch" during a game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
So far there's no video of Wednesday's reported incident. But if verbally insulting a teammate warrants a suspension, it stands to reason that striking one would too.