Steve Kerr seems to believe that Draymond Green’s most recent comments were a touch out of place.
The drama started when Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green praised the team’s togetherness this season over last year’s “horse s—t” sentiments. Those comments may easily be interpreted as a jab at Washington Wizards guard Jordan Poole, a former member of the Warriors.
“Last year, we had an awful team as far as chemistry goes,” Green said bluntly, per Danny Emerman of KNBR. “Last year was horse s–t. Hard to come to work. Not fun. This year, you see the joy on guys’ faces when they come in the building … This is a group that likes being together.”
When Warriors head coach Steve Kerr appeared on 95.7 The Game’s “Willard & Dibs” on Thursday, he dismissed the notion that Poole was to blame.
Naturally, Kerr would always choose to be diplomatic with his old teammate. As a native Warrior, Poole developed from an undeveloped prospect to a legitimate 20 points per game scorer, and he did contribute significantly to Golden State’s 2022 championship. However, there were many indications that the seasoned Green didn’t want to patch things up with Poole after infamously hitting him during a practice, so Kerr is probably also correct objectively.
In Green, Kerr also clearly knows exactly who he is dealing with. In his ten years as Green’s coach on the Warriors, Kerr has witnessed both the highs and lows with the former Defensive Player of the Year, including his broken relationships with former teammates like Dwyane Wade and his all-around on-court contributions that helped Golden State win four titles.