One day after punching team-mate Jordan Poole, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green apologised to the team on Thursday for his actions.
Green expressed his sorrow for the incident and then departed the facility as the defending NBA champion Warriors practised without him.
“Everybody's fine. Jordan practised today. Draymond didn't,” Golden State general manager Bob Myers told reporters. “Look, it's the NBA. Professional sports. These things happen. Nobody likes it, we don't condone it, but it happened.
“Draymond apologised to the team this morning. Jordan was there in the room, I was in the room, the team, the coaches, players. And we heard that.”
Still to be determined is how Green will be disciplined for the incident. Myers said he didn't think the punishment would include missing any games.
“As far as any suspension, punishment, fine, we're gonna handle that internally,” Myers said. “I understand you might have questions on that, but that's gonna be an internal process.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he expects Green to return to the team Saturday. The club has Friday off.
Kerr said there was high energy during Thursday's practice.
“There’s been a great vibe,” Kerr said. “We’ve had a hell of a camp. You have bumps in the road and you deal with it.”
The incident between Green and Poole occurred during Wednesday's practice.
According to reports, Green forcefully struck Poole after the two came chest-to-chest during a heated exchange. The pair were then separated quickly and the Warriors halted practice after the skirmish.
Green (32), a four-time All-Star, is entering his 11th season in the league, all with the Warriors. He’s a seven-time All-Defensive selection with career averages of 8.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists.
Poole (23), is entering his fourth season after the Warriors selected him No. 28 overall in the 2019 draft. He broke out last season, averaging 18.5 points per game in 76 contests (51 starts).