“I Train in Combat”: Damian Lillard’s Heated First Exchange With Warriors Star Jordan Poole Uncovered

Published 05/26/2022, 6:00 PM EDT

USA Today via Reuters

Poole entered NBA as a 28th overall pick and then spent his time on the bench and in the G League. This year has seen a prominent rise of the Warriors star and is clearly among the most improved players for this NBA season. Although he might not be as good with his first impressions as he is with the ball. The TrailBlazer star Damian Lillard revealed his first interaction with Jordan Poole on The Colin Cowherd Podcast.

He told how he met Poole in a game against the Golden State Warriors and Poole started sledding him mid-game after hitting a 3-pointer.


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Lillard said, “I am at the free throw line and he is back there just talking. So I turned back and I’m like ‘shut the f*** up’ and he said ‘make me.’ So my natural instinct is like I train in combat, I am from Oakland.” 

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Lillard reveals that although they lost to the Warriors in that game, they again met in Portland for the game. During that time, Poole was on the bench and started talking back to Lillard. Although Lillard started that game slowly, he eventually scored 61 pts in that game.

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Lillard further went ahead to narrate how they won that game. He then told Draymond Green after the game that he did not like Poole. But due to these interactions, Lillard did notice Poole and started paying attention to his game.

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Although initially, ‘Dame’ did not like Poole, he did accept that after observing him for a while, he felt Poole was good. He also feels that Poole has learned a lot playing under Stephen Curry, Green, and Klay Thompson


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While Lillard is significantly a prominent player in the league, Poole is yet to make a considerable impact. Let’s see if Poole will be able to have that impact in the future.



Rishabh Gupta

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Edited By: Arunaditya Aima