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Draymond to take time away from Dubs, expects to play in opener

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It appears the Warriors will be without Draymond Green at least for the next few days.

In speaking to reporters Saturday -- three days after he punched teammate Jordan Poole at practice -- the Warriors' veteran forward announced that he will take some time away from the team to work through some things, and give Poole and his teammates the space they need.

"I'm going to take a few days away, because, quite frankly if I'm being honest, it's hard for me to walk up to Jordan right now," Green said. "I'll take some time and work through my things, allow him and this team to work through their things separate of me, because there will be a time to work through those things with me. I look forward to those times."

The Warriors haven't announced an official punishment for Green, as they'd hoped to handle the situation internally, before video of the altercation was leaked to TMZ on Friday morning.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr mentioned that the decision for Green to step away was agreed upon together.

"Mutual decision," Kerr said. "Based on everything that's happened and discussions behind the scenes."

Will Green be away just for a "few days," or will his absence extend into the regular season? Green expects to play in the season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 18, but he understands that decision is out of his hands.

 

"Yeah, I expect to play," Green said after a long pause. "Now, will I play? That's a totally different story. And that's something that we will continue to figure out as we move forward and just feel through what's right.

"Do I expect to play? I hope to play. It's the first real day as far as games go and things counting that matters on our mission and goal to repeat. So yeah, I hope to, and yes I do expect to, but in saying that, that's not something that's been decided. That's not something that's certain."

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It's clear that Green and his teammates need space to process and collect their thoughts. Whether that space extends into the regular season remains to be seen.

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