“I don’t believe Draymond Green and Jordan Poole will have any issues moving forward, mainly because of Poole”- NBA analyst believes on-court chemistry will sort things out

The big question on Tuesday’s opening night was how Draymond Green and Jordan Poole would play together. After their 123-109 win over the LA Lakers, analyst Skip Bayless believes there’s nothing to worry about.

After Green beat Poole in training a few weeks ago, many wondered if it would disrupt the team’s chemistry. Though Green, a four-time NBA champion, has issued an apology, some believe tensions still exist.

With their first appearance, the Warriors managed to show that they can play through the animosity. Bayless said of Undisputed: Skip and Shannon:

“I don’t think he and Jordan Poole will have any issues going forward, mostly because of Jordan Poole. He just seemed to be above everything. He handled it perfectly and wonderfully.

“Well, I think they’ll be fine. … They connected in the square last night. Jordan passed it to Draymond for the basket. … I think they would have no problem playing basketball together.”

Both players behaved professionally as announced. They also combined for a game that ended in a green dunk.


Skip Bayless believes Jordan Poole is “a lot better” than Draymond Green

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (left) and Jordan Poole
Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (left) and Jordan Poole

There has been speculation that JP has been arrogant since winning the title. Some said he ridiculed Green’s hit, which led to the punch.

Regardless of what was said before the fight, Bayless believes Poole is better than Green at the moment.

“He knows he’s a lot better than Draymond at this point,” Bayless said. “He’s pretty great. He just walks in and lights it up. As I tweeted, he’s throwing knockout punches.”

Did last night’s win prove the Warriors can overcome the Draymond Green-Jordan Poole incident? “I don’t think Draymond Green and Jordan Poole will have any problems, mainly because of Poole. They connected on the pitch; they will be fine.” — @RealSkipBayless

The current NBA emphasizes scoring, which is why players are not rated highly unless they are high-level scorers. However, the Warriors know how important green is to them.

Some might say they wouldn’t have won four titles in the last eight years if Green hadn’t been a part. Despite not being a goalscorer, he influences the game in a number of other ways, most notably in defence.

Green is also an offensive power. He had the most assists last season and also put up solid screens that drew open looks from shooters like Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Poole.


Green and Poole have expressed their desire to defend their title against all odds

Jordan Poole of the Golden State Warriors
Jordan Poole of the Golden State Warriors

The Warriors’ desire to defend their 2022 title seems stronger than any personal beef. Poole and Green have said their main goal is to help the team win another championship.

Though far from becoming friends, Green and Poole both know they have a job to do. JP also understands Green’s importance and was not in favor of a suspension when asked.

Both players showed their will to win at the start of the season, putting all personal differences aside. Their contributions led the Golden State Warriors to a 123-109 win over the Lakers.

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