What Marcus Smart said about Draymond Green hitting Jordan Poole


“As a leader you can’t do that, especially when guys look up to you.”

Draymond Green of the Warriors looks to pass the ball defended by Marcus Smart. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Like everyone in the sports world, Celtics guard Marcus Smart has seen the video of Draymond Green punching Jordan Poole in the face.

Smart has seen its fair share of drama. Most notably, Smart was involved in the now infamous bubble burst, which apparently was not physical but involved “thrown objects”.

Still, Green’s punch went too far.

“I don’t know much about the situation, but from what I hear and see, and I know Draymond, as good as he is as a player and as a person, he made a mistake. “Smart said. “I think we can all say that from what we know. As a leader, you can’t do that, especially when guys look up to you and look to you for advice and encouragement.

Smart added that he thinks the video — which was leaked to TMZ last week — should have remained internal.

“It happens,” he said. “Like it was your brother or your sister. You love them, you love them, you don’t wish them anything bad, but sometimes here and there you’ll get your hands on them and sometimes you do. So it happens, but obviously you wish it didn’t, and you wish it didn’t happen the way it did.

Smart added that the way to get through all the drama is to remember that everyone in the locker room is a professional.

“At the end of the day, we all have a job to do, and it’s between those lines,” Smart said. “So whatever you have on a personal level, you manage that outside of your job, outside of work. When you come here to this gymnasium and step between these lines, you are family and everything else goes out the window until you leave this field. That’s how it should be, and I think that’s how it’s done.


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