Domars explains why the NBA didn’t get involved in the Draymond-JP case

The situation surrounding Draymond Green’s hitting Jordan Poole during Warriors training — with coach Steve Kerr calling it the “biggest crisis” of his tenure — never quite reached the level of the NBA’s need to step in.

There is a reason for this: the brawl took place behind closed doors. The video was later leaked, giving the entire world a rare glimpse behind the curtain.

But in terms of the league, it was not their place to participate.

“What you don’t want is the league being ‘big brother’ in everything, particularly practices, shooting, and internal issues,” Joe Domars, NBA executive vice president and chief basketball operations officer, told ESPN’s Malika Andrews in NBA Today Show on Mondays. “You want teams to be able to deal with internal issues. They know issues like everyone else.

“We think Golden State handled this very well. [CEO] Joe Lacob and [team president and general manager] Bob [Myers] And the [coach] Steve [Kerr] And these people have managed to deal with this well. But you don’t really want to be the “big brother” of everything. I don’t want to say it happens every day because it doesn’t happen and I don’t want that to be the narrative, “Oh, this happens every day.”

“But there are issues that happen internally every day with teams and teams that need to be in a position to deal with these issues without rising to the level of the league getting involved.”

After the video of the punch was leaked, the Warriors and Green mutually agreed that he would take time away from the team. Less than a week later, Kerr announced that the team had been fined four times in the NBA All-Stars and that he would return to training the day before the pre-season finals.

Several outside observers and analysts had expected the Warriors to suspend Green, but Kerr said there had been a number of conversations with all parties involved within the team, and they had made a determination that a suspension was not necessary. Paul’s role in those meetings played a role in Green avoiding comment.

Green played in the final pre-season game for the Warriors against the Denver Nuggets on Friday, and will play in the season opener against LeBron James and Company on Tuesday at Chase Center.

He’ll get his fourth NBA championship ring and watch as another banner is hoisted to the rafters.

Green and Domar have had a close relationship since the Warriors star was a sophomore at Saginaw High School, Michigan Live, but they haven’t caught up since the incident with Paul on October 5.

“I haven’t spoken to him yet,” Domars told Andrews. “I wanted to give this some space and everything. But it’s obviously a very delicate situation. A difficult situation. Not good for anyone. None of us like to see that.”

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Warriors are trying to get past the situation as best they can. There was no visible friction between Green and Paul when they played together on Friday.

Paul signed a contract extension on Sunday, which means he will be with the franchise through the 2026-27 season. And the fourth-year goalkeeper broke his silence on the matter, making a brief statement at the start of his press conference, Sunday, with the intention of addressing him and hoping to move forward.

With the problem in the rearview mirror, Green, Poole and the Warriors begin their quest to repeat as NBA champions Tuesday night at Chase Center.

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