Draymond’s name has been on every network since a report, and later a video, detailing Draymond Green/Jordan Poole drama in practice this week.
Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers is the latest to speak out about the Draymond Green/Jordan Poole drama
With only a few days until the start of the NBA season, Draymond Green has thrust himself to the forefront of the media spotlight.
Draymond’s name has been on all the networks since a report, and later a video, detailing his attack on Jordan Poole in practice this week, as analysts from all over the country debate and discuss the conduct that has jeopardized his future with the team.
Damian Lillard, the Portland point guard, is one of the most recent voices to join the conversation. Dame dropped a few truth bombs during a press conference, giving his take on the situation.
“On the altercation itself, as wrong as it was, I think if you’re a boxing fan, in boxing, they say you’ve got to protect yourself at all times. I think Draymond, who I know pretty well, probably walked away from that situation saying, ‘I probably shouldn’t have done that to my teammate.’ And Jordan Poole’s probably walking away thinking, ‘When I push somebody, I should know that something may come back. That’s it. It’s an unfortunate situation.”
“It’s unfortunate. when you spend as much time with your teammates as we do, you want it to be positive and you want it to be respectful. But I’d be lying if I said there hasn’t been a lot of heated moments that I’ve seen in my career. I’m sure it happens in every locker room. You never wish to see that. I think what happens behind closed doors should stay that way,” Lillard said. “It should be handled correctly, but it should stay behind closed doors. So I thought the fact that video came out is wrong.”
“I think it’s become a thing in the NBA where it’s like, ‘Ain’t nobody gonna do nothing,’” Lillard said. “Everybody’s always quick to say that. So then when somebody does something, it’s the end of the world. Like I said, it’s unfortunate. But if two grown men are having words, and one pushes the other, you’ve got to assume that something might happen. That’s just how I saw it.”
In any case, Damian is unfazed by the incident, and we should all take that as a sign to let it go.
It’s no surprise that Lillard is defending Dray here. As a long-time fan and admirer of the veteran swingman, Lillard has long wished to play alongside him.
The chances of such an outcome remain slim, but given the current situation, one has to believe they have improved.