Jordan Poole lauded by Klay Thompson for elevating game in 2021


After watching Jordan Poole drop at least 30 points in consecutive contests for the first time in his career, Klay Thompson had to show his fellow Warriors shooting guard some props Monday night.

Every rookie has a “vet” to help guide them in the locker room and it appears Thompson has been helping Poole every step of the way during his three years in the NBA. In his press conference Tuesday, Thompson went into detail about what it’s been like to watch Poole’s evolution.

“That man is an incredible offensive player and his defense is coming along,” Thompson said. “It makes me proud to see. He reminds me of myself when I was in my younger years as well with the way he reacts emotionally to missing shots or after having a bad game. You can tell it really bothered him. You like to see that as a vet because it means a guy really cares about his craft. He would have an off-shooting night his rookie year and he would put up hundreds of shots after the game. That just shows you he wants to be great and I’m so proud of him. He’s an incredible, incredible player.”

Coach Steve Kerr said he hasn’t spent much time thinking about rotations for Thompson’s impending return -- seeing as it is still a few weeks away. The Warriors are being cautious with Thompson as he builds up his conditioning following major injuries to his ACL and Achilles the past two seasons.

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