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Steve Kerr cites big thing Warriors want from Jordan Poole in G League

Steve Kerr cites big thing Warriors want from Jordan Poole in G League

Warriors rookie Jordan Poole made his NBA G League debut last Saturday night when the Santa Cruz Warriors played at the Stockton Kings.

The No. 28 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft played for the Sea Dubs again Sunday night against the Texas Legends. Despite the loss for Santa Cruz, Poole scored 27 points in the second half alone -- going 9-for-14 overall and 5-for-8 from beyond the arc.

"It was good to see him play a lot of minutes, get the confidence going in his shot," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters Thursday after shootaround in Minnesota. "It's a big part of sending him there -- to let him play and just let him feel the game. So I think that part's been good.

"Right now, they've had the last two days practicing and they play again tomorrow. We wanted him to get practice time as well."

But the Dubs didn't send the 20-year-old to Surf City just so he could work on his jumper.

"The big thing we're looking for beyond all of that is making habits -- creating habits -- to simulate everything that we're gonna ask of him up here," Kerr explained. "Boxing out every play, playing with great energy, executing at both ends, understanding schemes and coverages -- all the stuff that rookies have to figure out.

"So that's the whole purpose in terms of what we want him to do in Santa Cruz."

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After Friday's game at the Salt Lake City Stars, Santa Cruz doesn't play again until Jan. 3. So it's possible that Poole will be recalled as early as Saturday for Golden State's game against the Detroit Pistons at Chase Center.

But as Kerr told reporters Thursday, there is no timetable for Poole's return to the big club.

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Trae Young says he'll catch Steph Curry as NBA's best shooter in 1 year

Trae Young says he'll catch Steph Curry as NBA's best shooter in 1 year

In light of the coronavirus outbreak putting all American sports on an indefinite pause, hot takes have become the topic du jour for fans relegated to their homes.

While joining “The Big Podcast with Shaq,” Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young was pressed on the many comparisons the young point guard draws to Warriors star Steph Curry.

On the subject of taking over Curry’s title as the NBA’s most feared shooter, Young doesn’t think it will be long before he overtakes Steph.

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It’s hard to take any stock in this statement given how much Shaq pressed the 21-year-old to answer.

But Young’s talent is unmistakable, and there’s a chance we’ll see Young resetting the record books one day the way Curry has throughout his 11 years in the NBA.

A year though? I’d imagine Curry and his teammates would disagree with that timeline.

Why Steph Curry's NBA parallel might be ex-Warriors exec Jerry West

Why Steph Curry's NBA parallel might be ex-Warriors exec Jerry West

Steph Curry forever has altered the game of basketball during his 11 seasons with the Warriors.

Shattering record after record, Curry became the face of the NBA’s evolution toward emphasizing the 3-pointer.

His unique qualities make him a difficult player to compare, but one that makes some sense is Hall of Famer Jerry West.

“With impact and accolades in the mix,” Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley writes. “Then “The Logo” Jerry West looks like the answer. Maybe that's why the basketball gods brought them together when West served as a consultant for Curry's Warriors for six seasons.

“It's not a perfect comparison -- Curry was a better dribbler, West a superior stopper who played without the 3-point line (added in 1979-80) -- but the 6'3" Curry and 6'2" West found their spots on the game's all-time hierarchy in similar ways.”

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West was an integral part of Golden State’s dynastic run through the 2010s, providing a sage voice for a front office unfamiliar with success.

What a sight it would have been to actually see those two line up across from each other in an NBA game.