Jordan Poole and Draymond Green’s problems have a long history.
doubts about the Golden State Warriors’ relationship have been present ever since Green hit Poole during a preseason session in October 2022. The majority of these doubts were resolved at season’s end after the Dubs lost to the L.A. Lakers in the Western Conference playoffs.
There was “no hiding” that the physical incident had a detrimental effect on the Warriors, according to head coach Steve Kerr, and when Golden State dealt Poole, Patrick Baldwin Jr., and Ryan Rollins to the Washington Wizards on June 22, the Dubs were hurt.
On the June 29 episode of “The Bill Simmons Podcast,” The Ringer’s Logan Murdock made an appearance, and Murdock claimed that Green wasn’t the only veteran on the team who had difficulties with Poole.
Murdock: Klay Thompson Had Issues With Poole Shooting ‘Too Much’
Less than two weeks after Green attacked Poole, the Warriors signed Poole to a four-year agreement for up to $140 million. Poole spent the 2022–23 season “isolated” from the team’s nucleus, which includes Green, expert 3-point shooter Klay Thompson, and superstar Steph Curry.
“I don’t remember the last time somebody got traded before their rookie extension kicks in,” Murdock told Simmons about Poole. “He was isolated from the group, right?” Murdock continued, also noting Poole “had allies on the team,” including Andrew Wiggins and center Kevon Looney — who, like Poole, is from Wisconsin.
But there was a gulf between Poole and the team’s veterans, according to Murdock, who went into detail about concerns Thompson in particular had.
“All the established guys had some version of a problem with Jordan Poole, whether it was Klay ironically saying that Jordan doesn’t pass the ball enough and shoots too much,” Murdoch said. “And then you have Draymond, who sees Jordan as this guy, is like: ‘Yeah, I did punch him. I did do all these things, but now I don’t have a voice within the locker room because of what happened.’ … And then you have Steph who is trying to bring all of this together.”