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Richard Jefferson reveals 2016 Cavs team had “an incident where there were punches thrown on our team”

If the team with the greatest comeback in playoffs history survived thrown punches, so can the Golden State Warriors.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, forward Richard Jefferson, center Tristan Thompson, guard Kyrie Irving, and guard Iman Shumpert

LeBron James, Richard Jefferson, Tristan Thompson, Kyrie Irving, Iman Shumpert

The NBA world was rocked when the video of Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green punching teammate Jordan Poole made rounds. Retired NBA player Richard Jefferson said that such an incident is not a rarity in the league, especially for teams that aspire for the NBA championship.

"It's just these things happen more – it happened in 2016 when we won a championship, there was an incident where there were punches thrown on our team," said Jefferson, who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers for two seasons. "I'm not going to say between who, but that is something that happened."

Overcoming adversity

Jefferson's story certainly comes as interesting for Cavs fans. The 2015-16 season saw the team claiming an NBA title for the first time in franchise history.

To win it all, the Cavs needed to come back from a 3-1 hole in their Finals series versus Green and the Warriors. It should be noted that Golden State boasted a 73-9 record in the regular season in that campaign.

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Apparently, it was not all smooth sailing for the Cleveland franchise that season. As Jefferson alluded to, the organization needed to endure several challenges, including in-fighting among some players,

Drawing inspiration from the Cavs

The fact the Cavs still got to hoist the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy at the end of that season can inspire the Warriors in their pursuit of a second straight title.

It is still unclear, though, how Golden State will move on from the Green-Poole incident. For his part, Green has expressed remorse and apologized for his actions.

"I was wrong for my actions that took place on Wednesday," Green said. "For that, I have apologized to my team. I have apologized to Jordan."

Only time will tell if the team can heal in time for a championship pursuit this season.

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