Many believed that the Golden State Warriors would be unable to recover from the chemistry breakdown that was produced when Draymond Green struck Jordan Poole prior to the start of the season. Golden State ultimately fell short of their ultimate aim of repeating as champions after making it to the second round of the playoffs and overcoming several challenges along the way. Draymond Green claims that his punch had an effect on that.
Green said the following on a different ESPN broadcast of Game 1 between the Lakers and Nuggets:
“When you speak about all of the slippage we had as a team on the road, not being able to come together, none of those things happen if [the punch] doesn’t happen. Because the voice that I am and the departments that I lead this team in, there was a tone of slippage due to me sitting back, me not saying anything, me trying to allow that situation to play itself out, and giving it time to heal.”
Green went on to explain that although he didn’t feel like himself until around February, by that time the Warriors had already formed negative habits that he believes were brought on by his less outspoken leadership. Green’s response was intriguing as he revealed some never-before-told details about how his preseason punch affected Golden State’s season.