Iman Shumpert says Draymond Green's punch on Jordan Poole was "bogus" ... telling TMZ Sports after watching the viral video, he sees why there was such public outrage.
We spoke with Shump at LAX this week ... and the former hooper kept it real, saying it's ultimately up to the Warriors to decide punishment, and they opted not to suspend the 4x champ.
"It's a grown man business," Shumpert said. "I'm sure they got to spoke about it amongst themselves. Whatever they choose to do, we got to honor that," he continued.
The highlight move of Jordan Poole’s 16-point third quarter: In-and-out dribble to lose initial defender, behind-the-back into the lane for a floater pic.twitter.com/UN0ZBCzdSg— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 10, 2022
The highlight move of Jordan Poole’s 16-point third quarter: In-and-out dribble to lose initial defender, behind-the-back into the lane for a floater pic.twitter.com/UN0ZBCzdSg
We asked Shump if he thinks the punch will fracture the Dubs' team chemistry as they prepare to defend their title.
"I don't think so," said Iman, who played 10 seasons in the NBA with the Knicks, Cavs, Kings, Nets, and Rockets. "They'll be alright," he added.
FYI, IS won a championship with Cleveland in 2016.
Green -- who stepped away from the team for just under a week after punching Poole at practice -- said Thursday he's not worried about co-existing with Jordan because they're professionals.
"We both know how to play basketball," Draymond said. "We're paid to do a job, and we're gonna come and do that job to the best of our ability."
"We wanna continue to win, so we gonna do what we have to do to win."