As we all know, there is a lot of discussion and debate centered around Draymond Green and his altercation with Jordan Poole. Some of the analysis is credible and some of the criticisms fall a little flat to me. The video clip below comes from the show NBA Countdown on ESPN. While there are some really good takes on the dynamics around the Dubs decision not to suspend Green, Jalen Rose takes the cake. He predicts that this incident will prohibit the Warriors from winning it all this year.
First of all, let me say that I am not a fan of the decision to not suspend Green. After seeing the video clip of the incident, it is clear that Draymond was the instigator and the lunging fist to the face was vicious and dangerous. I’m also bothered by the fact that Draymond’s public apology media tour came only the video was leaked. I think Draymond should be suspended without pay, along with the fine, because his behavior warrants it.
Do I think this incident will cost the Warriors a championship this year? I have to disagree. With strong leadership from Steve Kerr, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and the basketball ambassador Andre Iguodala in the locker room, they can (and will) weather the storm. It’s going to be tough, and there are now layers of complexity to team chemistry that should never have occurred, but I think the Warriors will push through it all. So let me go on record now and say that I completely disagree with Jalen Rose, and I predict that the Dubs will repeat this season.
Any other thoughts out there?