MANILA, Philippines – Jordan Poole dazzled in his first NBA game since he came to blows with Golden State Warriors teammate Draymond Green.
Although playing in a preseason match, Poole pulled no punches and chalked up 25 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds, albeit in a 124-121 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, October 9 (Monday, October 10, Manila time).
Poole and Green have been the talk of the town after video of their fight during a team practice got leaked by TMZ, a rocky start to the Warriors’ title-retention bid in the upcoming NBA season.
In the video, Green approached Poole and bumped him with his chest before Poole pushed Green, who retaliated with a vicious punch.
Poole fell to the ground as players and team staff tried to separate the two.
Green publicly apologized for the “huge embarrassment” the incident has caused Poole, his family, and the entire Warriors organization.
Considered the glue guy in the Warriors’ last four championships, Green opted to stay away from the team at the height of the controversy as he missed the preseason clash against the Lakers.
Poole has been eyeing a lucrative extension after a breakout campaign last season that saw him average career-highs of 18.5 points, 4 assists, and 3.4 rebounds.
In his first NBA Finals appearance, Poole normed 13.2, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists to help the Warriors beat the Boston Celtics in six games for their fourth championship in eight seasons.
Poole also ended last season as the top free throw shooter, making 92.5% of his foul shots.
“There is a reason he is in this position, about to sign a big extension hopefully,” said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.
“He is tough – mentally tough and he is physically tough. Ultra confident in his game.” – Rappler.com