san francisco — Jordan Poole Golden State was the center of attention for most of the season, which ended Friday in the Western Conference semifinals, but the fourth-year guard said he hasn’t let it affect his play and will “grow” from his role change. There is a year-long struggle between
It started during pre-season when there was a dispute with Poole. Draymond Green Which got leaked in public. and it ended with a poor playoff performance against Los Angeles Lakers In the second round, some questioned the four-year, $128 million extension he signed.
Poole was aware of almost everything that was being said about him.
“I always play on the edge. I play with a chip on my shoulder,” Poole said during his exit interview on Saturday. “Finding ways to get better, and not necessarily proving people wrong, but just knowing what I’m capable of and trying to get to that night.”
Poole’s performance has declined this season from 2021-22 – when he started 51 regular-season games while klay thompson was recovering from an Achilles injury and Stephen Curry Was out due to left leg strain. He also played all five games of the Warriors’ first round playoff series. denver nuggets,
This year, Poole started 43 games. He averaged 30 minutes – the same as last season – and increased his scoring to an average of 20.4 points per game. But his efficiency dropped, with him shooting 43% from the field, 33.3% from 3-point range, and 87% from the free throw line.
In Golden State’s two playoff series, Poole struggled – hitting shots, creating and defending himself. In moments he was running, wanting so badly to let himself go. But it made it worse.
He attributes this to a slight role change.
“Last year I could come in and score, be offensive with the team that we had,” Poole said. “Being a facilitator. Trying to give them easy shots. … Not everything will be the same. Like I said, you learn from it, grow from it and apply your skill set.”
“I’ll ride with Jordan till the wheel falls off,” Donte DiVincenzo Said. “He’s still willing to learn. He’s still willing to accept different voices to get better. But the one thing I admire most about JP is his confidence. It never wavers.” It isn’t, and we need it to move forward.” You can’t have people who second guess themselves or their confidence isn’t at an all-time high.
But it’s not just Poole’s role that has changed this year. The supporting cast around him did the same. And injuries and absences plagued the Warriors all season, and even their core group was inconsistent.
For Poole, this was the biggest difference this season.
“We were two different teams,” said Poole. “I mean, some different players and some different coaching changes, but as you would expect to see a different team, we made different changes. I think that’s how it goes. Obviously, we have core guys. Those who have core.” wisdom, and we can surely always ride with it.”
As Golden State heads into the offseason, figuring out how to retool the roster is the No. 1 priority. But there are layers to it.
First is figuring out whether general manager Bob Myers, whose contract expires in June, will return. Next up is whether Green will opt for the player who is waiting for him. Then, it’s figuring out what to do with the rotation players.
DiVincenzo also has a player option, and young players such as Jonathan Kuminga And moses moody – or even Poole – could be used in a trade package to get more experienced players back.