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Marcus Smart on Draymond Green-Jordan Poole incident — “It happens”

Smart confirmed incidents like this one happen, but stressed a veteran like Green should've known better.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart and Draymond Green

After Golden State Warriors teammates Draymond Green and Jordan Poole became the hot topic in the NBA world, several personalities have spoken up about the incident.

Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics recently shared his thoughts on the fiasco, emphasizing that "it happens" in most families.

"It happens," Smart said. "Just like with your brother or your sister. You love them. You like them. You don't wish nothing bad on them. But a couple of times here and there, you're going to put your hands on them. And couple of times y'all do. So, it happens."

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Over the line

Even so, the Celtics guard believes that Green went over the line. Smart intimated that leaders have responsibilities to their team, particularly the younger guys.

"I know Draymond, as good as he is as a player and as a person, he made a mistake," Smart continued. "I think we can all say that from what we know. As a leader, you can't do that, especially with guys looking up to you and looking to you for advice and encouragement."

It is unclear how the Warriors can recover with the regular season coming in less than two weeks. Still, Golden State looks to be one of the favorites to compete for the title in the 2022-23 campaign.

Offseason controversies

Smart is no stranger to a tumultuous offseason. Boston has also had to endure its own controversy. In late September, Celtics head coach Ime Udoka was slapped with a one-year suspension for having an inappropriate relationship with a female member of the team staff.

It has certainly been a wild offseason for the two squads that faced off in the 2022 NBA Finals. Only time will tell if they can recapture the magic of last season and make a return to the championship round this season.

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