‘Hate the way it ended for Jordan’: Poole, Warriors reflect on Golden State tenure and its end | The Athletic
Poole, in the Kings’ visiting locker room, answered a handful of questions about the brighter times in San Francisco. His third year breakout served as a trampoline for his career, earning him both a championship and life-changing financial security. He was such a catalyst during the 2022 title run that Kerr referred to him as part of the “foundational six” afterward.
“Successful time,” Poole said. “Learned a lot. Can’t ask for too much more than that. Won a championship. Played with Loon. Played with some of the greatest ever. Played with (Andrew Wiggins). Met great guys. The staff is good. It was a cool experience. It was just dope to accomplish something you’ve been looking for your entire life, winning a championship at the highest level, seeing what that takes.”
But the conversation inevitably shifts to the fourth season, an avenue he would rather avoid. After the interview, he jokes that he should’ve gone full Marshawn Lynch. He basically did.
Steve Kerr on Jordan Poole’s return to the Chase Center: “Jordan is going to come out and probably play really well against us”
Asked Steve Kerr about his interactions with Jordan Poole since the trade and if he thinks players, in general, have resentment towards their former team: pic.twitter.com/11ZpxZHGyJ— Jason Dumas (@JDumasReports) December 22, 2023
Draft capital: Golden State owes Portland a top-four protected first in 2024. It is top-one protected in 2025 and unprotected in 2026. The earliest the Warriors can trade a first is in 2026. They will also send Washington a top-20 protected first in 2030. Golden State can swap picks in 2027, 2028, 2029 and 2030 (if 1-20). The Warriors have three second-round picks available to trade.
The finances: The Warriors are $42.6M over the luxury tax and are projected to pay a $192.5M tax penalty. Golden State is not allowed to sign a player waived during the season who had a preexisting salary in 2023-24 greater than $12.4M.
Nearly every dunk – particularly those coming at Chase Center – is met with an immediate audible reaction from the crowd while Kuminga’s teammates often can be seen doubling over in laughter at the sight of the big man throwing it down.
That type of response is what really gets Kuminga’s blood racing more than if he tried to something tricky with it.
“Especially when it comes to game time, get the crowd going, get the team going, get everybody going, get myself going,” Kuminga said. “I catch a dunk and now we’re rolling. That’s the type of dunker I am. I’m not the type to go out there and put on a show, 360, windmill, things like that.”
Gary Payton II injury update: pic.twitter.com/0FERNAeEgI— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) December 21, 2023
“I want to be careful with my words, because this one hurts more than most of them,” first-year coach Monty Williams said. “A team that played last night got (50) points off turnovers and rebounds. It is unbelievably hard to understand how we can get outworked in those categories.”
The Pistons fell to 2-26, with the crowd chanting “Sell the team! Sell the team!” at the end in a loud statement to owner Tom Gores and his Platinum Equity firm. Detroit will be back in action Saturday night in Brooklyn.
In fact, here’s the ultimate irony: In the worst-case scenario, if the Pelicans do reach a situation in which cutting Williamson becomes the more preferable alternative, it seems unlikely they would be the ones doing the cutting.
For instance, if it became apparent that Williamson wouldn’t trigger the guarantee criteria for 2025-26, New Orleans could likely trade him at the February 2025 trade deadline for a wad of future money, as Williamson would effectively operate as the league’s largest expiring contract. Adding in draft equity or young players from the Pelicans’ side — such as one of the three first-round picks they are likely to own in the 2025 draft — could bring back another star who allows the Pels to bounce back quickly.
In case you missed it at Golden State of Mind:
A low-key development — and what also fueled their comeback victory — was how the Warriors leaned on a couple of staple set plays to fuel their half-court offense. The “short” action above falls short (no pun intended) of being considered a staple because of how scarcely it has been utilized; only with an above-the-rim lob threat can the Warriors truly unleash it, such as with Jackson-Davis, Payton, and McGee.
One play they have counted on for years — something that Steve Kerr borrowed from Phil Jackson, his former coach — is called “WTF”, which means exactly what you think it means.