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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Klay Thompson proclaims Warriors' championship dynasty 'far from over'


Klay Thompson proclaims Warriors' championship dynasty 'far from over'

All the national pundits and talking heads have danced on the grave of the Warriors' dynasty.

With Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston gone, and Klay Thompson out for a large portion of the upcoming season after ACL surgery, most believe the Warriors' reign of dominance is over.

But Thompson isn't listening to the noise. The Warriors might be down, but they aren't out.

"The dynasty ain't over," Klay said Friday during the second annual Thompson Family Foundation golf tournament in Newport Beach, Calif. "It's far from over."

After five season atop the NBA mountain, the Warriors no longer are the favorites to win the title, and they will look vastly different this season.

At the beginning of the season, Steph Curry and Draymond Green will be flanked by newcomers D'Angelo Russell and Willie Cauley-Stein. Instead of Durant at the starting small forward spot, Warriors coach Steve Kerr might go with Alfonzo McKinnie.

Super Death Lineup this is not.

Making matters tougher for the Warriors is the improvement of other teams in the Western Conference. The Clippers, Lakers, Jazz and Rockets all made blockbuster moves over the summer, while the Nuggets and Blazers return teams that were top-four playoff seeds in the West last season.

But once Thompson returns in February or March, the Warriors will be able to close games with a lineup of Curry, Thompson, Russell, Green and Kevon Looney, who signed a three-year contract in the offseason.

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As Green said last week, no one will want to face the Warriors in the playoffs. That will be especially true if Thompson is 100 percent in April.

Durant isn't around anymore, but the dynasty isn't dead until Curry, Thompson and Green say it is.

Magic Johnson can't believe Kevin Durant was unhappy with Warriors

Magic Johnson can't believe Kevin Durant was unhappy with Warriors

Kevin Durant came to the Warriors in 2016 in pursuit of a family and NBA titles.

Despite all the winning the Warriors did with Durant, he told the Wall Street Journal last week that he never quite felt like one of the guys. That possibly had something to do with him refusing to commit long term to the Warriors. It's hard for a family to accept you when you have one foot in the house and the other on the front porch.

NBA legend Magic Johnson can't begin to fathom Durant's logic in leaving for the Brooklyn Nets after three seasons and two championships in the Bay.

"KD, I hope that he finds happiness," Johnson said Friday on ESPN's First Take. "If you can't find happiness at Golden State, where are you going to find it at?

“First of all, give Steph Curry a lot of credit for saying, 'I'm a two-time MVP. I'm willing to take a backseat because I want to win.' Give Klay Thompson a lot of credit, because you know whose game suffered the most? Klay Thompson. He used to get a lot more touches before KD got there, and he said, 'I'm OK with that as long as we win a championship.' Draymond Green, even he had to take a backseat.

"So, Kevin, if you won back-to-back titles, you won MVP of the Finals as well, where are you going to find happiness at? I just want him to find happiness because when I look at Michael Jordan, when I look at Kobe Bryant, this brother, Kevin Durant, is one of the greatest scorers we've seen in NBA history, so I just want him to be happy. I just don't know where he's going to find it at if he can't find it at Golden State."

We imagine every single Warriors fan feels the same way as Magic does.

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Unlike Thunder fans, Warriors fans don't hold any ill will toward Durant. They're just puzzled by his decision to leave. He had everything he wanted in the Bay Area, and Golden State could have offered more money. Yet he still decided to leave.

But maybe Durant never will be happy in the same spot for too long. It's possible that in three years, Nets fans find themselves wondering why Durant wasn't happy, just like Warriors fans are right now.