Kawakami: Jordan Poole’s seriousness, Draymond Green’s future and all the Warriors’ pressing decisions
Jordan Poole holds a huge chunk of the Warriors’ future in his hands, despite not asking for it. He was transferred to him when Draymond Green took offense at something Poole did or said, accused Poole in practice on Wednesday and punched him.
Poole did not volunteer for this. By all accounts, the Warriors fourth-year guard was indulging in normal training camp practice playing with Draymond, shoved Draymond when charged, and then was leveled by the punch. It’s all there in the video, acquired by TMZ and released Friday morning.
But Poole was not backing down in this incident. And knowing him, he probably isn’t backing down from this inescapable moment from the expanded days of the Warriors dynasty either. Poole has credibility after playing a key role in last season’s Championship chase. He also took a lot of verbal heat from veterans and flourished. He occasionally responded, but he used his rhetorical spine constructively. Every time he walks into the media room, he jokes that he will only speak 90 seconds and claims he hates getting on the podium; but he always stays longer, is more and more thoughtful in his answers and sometimes even seems to like it.