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Jordan Poole reveals what Warriors told him before second draft workout

Jordan Poole reveals what Warriors told him before second draft workout

With the No. 28 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Warriors selected Jordan Poole from Michigan.

Golden State brought him to Oakland for two pre-draft workouts -- Poole's first and last of the draft evaluation process.

The 20-year-old recently sat down with Anthony Slater of The Athletic and revealed an interesting anecdote:

The Athletic: Did you get a sense you were very much on their radar?  

Poole: Going into my first workout, I knew that they really, really liked me. They were asking one of my coaches a lot of questions about me. Then when they brought me back for a second workout, that’s when I really knew they were extremely interested.  It was just a matter if I could show them whether I could guard in that second workout.  

The Athletic: What’d they make you do?  

Poole: We did regular three-on-three and stuff, but they just made an emphasis on guarding. They let me know, right before the workout, ‘We know you can score, we know you’re offensively gifted. Let’s see if you can compete defensively.’

A couple days after the draft, Warriors assistant GM Larry Harris said the following about Poole during a radio appearance on KNBR 680:

"Offensively, we think he's far ahead of where he is defensively. His athleticism and his quickness and his IQ allows him to be a better defender than what we saw in college.

"He's aware of that, but I wouldn't say it's something he can't do or he's against it or he's allergic to it."

On June 26, Tim Kawakami of The Athletic asked Steve Kerr on a podcast: "Did the scouts tell you, 'Hey, Jordan Poole -- he can shoot but there might be a defensive question mark.' Is that the general scouting report on him?"

Kerr's response: "I think that's fair to say. There's no doubt about his shooting ability and we needed that desperately. Defensively, you put him out there and you see what he's got and then you start working with him and try to get guys better and better."

During six Summer League games, Poole didn't do anything that made you say to yourself: "That guy can't defend." Obviously, things will get exponentially more difficult when the regular season arrives, and there will be plenty of growing pains on that end of the floor.

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As for his offense -- the Milwaukee native struggled shooting the ball his first two contests in Sacramento and the opener in Las Vegas. But over his final three appearances, Poole averaged 18.7 points and shot 44 percent overall.

Dubs fans are going to enjoy watching this guy for years to come.

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Source: Warriors assistant GM Larry Harris to interview for Pelicans job

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Source: Warriors assistant GM Larry Harris to interview for Pelicans job

One of the problems with building a winning organization in the NBA is that the competition comes snooping around trying to woo the executives. The Warriors have lost several individuals through this process and may be losing another.

A source close to assistant general manager Larry Harris confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area on Friday that he will interview with the New Orleans Pelicans for their general manager position.

The Pelicans reached out to the Warriors, who granted permission for Harris to accept the interview.

Though Harris is largely responsible for the reunion between the Andrew Bogut and the Warriors – he went to Australia to scout the big man – he has spent most of March scouting conference tournaments and the NCAA Tournament.

Harris, 56, has been with the Warriors since 2008, first as an assistant coach for one season under Don Nelson before moving upstairs. He was promoted to his current position, which includes Director of Player Personnel, shortly after the 2014-15 season.

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New Orleans dismissed general manager Dell Demps in February. He had served as GM for xxx seasons, during which the Pelicans’ final decisions were made by the front office of the New Orleans Saints. Both teams are under the ownership of Gayle Benson, the widow of longtime owner Tom Benson.

One of the reasons the job is more appealing now is that the Pelicans have vowed to revamp the front office, making it a completely separate entity from the NFL franchise.

Report: Warriors front office executive meeting with 76ers for GM opening

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Report: Warriors front office executive meeting with 76ers for GM opening

Everyone wants a part of the Warriors' success. While the reigning champs added superstar DeMarcus Cousins this offseason, teams are poaching personnel that play a big role in the Warriors' success. 

The 76ers are trying to be the latest team do so.

Philadelphia is interviewing Larry Harris, Warriors director of player personnel, for their open GM position, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Harris has been a part of the Warriors for eight seasons. He has served as an assistant coach, scout, consultant, director of player personnel, and assistant GM. 

Prior to joining the Warriors, Harris spent 19 seasons with the Bucks.

Harris served as Milwaukee's GM for five years, from 2003 through 2007.