Jordan Poole’s frustrations palpable in Warriors locker room
Warriors guard Jordan Poole had a tense encounter with reporters who gathered round his locker following Golden State’s Recreation 4 loss to the Lakers on Monday.
As described by NBC Sports activities Bay Space’s Kerith Burke, who was within the customer locker room at Crypto.com Area, the struggling Poole appeared reluctant to speak about being “in somewhat little bit of a funk.”
“It’s been some time since he spoke however earlier than we get to the phrases he stated, let me simply paint an image of what that locker room was like,” Burke stated.
“So Warriors PR was coming over and saying ‘Jordan, would you please discuss postgame?’ He appeared somewhat reluctant. You possibly can inform he was very pissed off. He was going through his locker, really, in order the reporters gathered round him, when it grew to become clear he would discuss to us, his again was to us.”
Burke went on to say that “all eyes and ears had been on Jordan” when the music contained in the locker room stopped enjoying, and that “it simply heightened the stress.”
Poole’s manufacturing within the second-round sequence has dipped after scoring 21 factors on 7-of-15 capturing in Golden State’s Recreation 1 loss to the Lakers.
He has scored a complete of 11 factors over the past three video games on 5-of-19 capturing, together with posting a goose egg in 11 minutes of Recreation 4 time whereas sitting out the fourth quarter because the Warriors fell right into a 3-1 gap in opposition to LeBron James and the Lakers.
The 23-year-old additionally missed a deep three-pointer to drive time beyond regulation in Recreation 1.
“Simply reviewing a few of the issues he stated, it was some fairly brief solutions,” Burke stated, explaining Poole was clearly pissed off and “didn’t need to discuss himself” — and simply stated repeatedly that the Warriors have one other sport in a number of days.
“I requested him, I used to be like ‘Jordan, we all know your work ethic is sweet. While you really feel such as you’re in somewhat little bit of a funk, when issues don’t appear regular, what are you doing? Are you getting again within the fitness center?’
“He stated, ‘Properly, my work ethic doesn’t change, my routine doesn’t change. Perhaps alternative modifications however you may solely management what you may management.’”
Per Burke, the stress was lower because the music was turned again on within the locker room and a few gamers laughed.
Steph Curry, who spoke to reporters on the podium postgame, was requested about Poole’s “struggles with consistency” within the sequence, and his message to the younger guard.
“We get questions on him loads, and our complete group, we’re on this collectively within the sense of attempting to determine how one can win playoff video games,” Curry stated.
“All of us must make changes. All of us must play higher contemplating we’re in a 3-1 gap. So there’s no sense in isolating him on this state of affairs. It’s all about collective, what can all of us do to be higher.”
The Warriors and Poole agreed to a four-year contract extension, value as much as $140 million in October, after he was a key piece within the Warriors’ championship run final 12 months.
Poole — the twenty eighth total choose within the 2019 draft — began 51 video games for the Warriors final season, averaging profession highs in factors (18.5), assists (4.0) and rebounds (3.4). He additionally led the NBA in free throw share final season at 92.5%.
The Warriors face elimination with Recreation 5 set for Wednesday at Chase Middle.