"They Don't Seem To Have Trust": Ex-NBA Player Says Green-Poole Incident Still Haunting Warriors

Another loss for the Golden State Warriors, and more questions about what's wrong with the defending champs. Former NBA player Greg Anthony said on NBA TV after the game that the Draymond Green - Jordan Poole incident is still haunting them.

The Warriors are now 6-9,  winless in eight road games, and in 12th place in the Western Conference. Anthony feels that the widely-viewed Green sucker punch on Poole at Warriors practice during the preseason has greatly affected the team's inner fabric.

"I still firmly believe — yes they got strong leadership in their locker room and their front office — that is a seminal moment for me," said Anthony, an 11-year veteran. "When that stuff gets out in the public and it's there for all to see, it hits differently. And I still think that this group is dealing with that." 

The real proof is when you watch them play. This is not a cohesive unit; they don't seem to have the same level of fire or trust, particularly on the defensive end. And the rest of the league is kind of licking their chops. They're looking forward to playing them now. That was never the case with the Warriors. 

Not even a 50-point performance from Steph Curry was enough to keep the Warriors from losing their 8th straight road game Wednesday night, in Phoenix. The 0-8 start away from home is a 33-year worst for the franchise. 

Back in preseason, head coach Steve Kerr called the Green-Poole incident "the biggest crisis we’ve ever had since I’ve been coach here”. And that is now conceivably coming home to roost.

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