4x NBA Champ Soothes Jordan Poole Burn After Kevin Garnett Drops Harsh Verdict

Published 01/31/2024, 9:30 AM EST

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There was a lot of excitement when Jordan Poole joined the Washington Wizards despite the way he left the Golden State Warriors. Many believed the young star would break free leading the Wizards as their main man. Notably, NBA legend Kevin Garnett predicted Poole to emulate James Harden after leaving the OKC Thunder for the Houston Rockets. However, JP has struggled so far in Washington which led to an epic U-turn from Garnett in November 2023.

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In his books, Poole has gone from MVP candidate to “does not belong in the league”. The Boston Celtics legend let his opinion known during an episode of the KG Certified podcast. He was not happy with the 24-year-old star’s performances and attitude. However, not everyone agrees with Garnett’s take.

John Salley was asked about KG’s claim during a recent episode on Vlad TV. The 4x NBA champion made it clear that he disagrees with the 15x NBA All-Star. The Detroit Pistons legend stated, “I disagree. Jordan Poole is a good player. He’s just having a rough time in life right now.”

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Even though he sympathized with the guard, Salley implied that Poole might not be a leader or a superstar. The 4x NBA champion added, “And not everybody’s a General. Some people are really good at being a Sergeant and Lieutenants. But not everybody’s a General.”

The former player noted that everyone expected Poole to continue his fine form and bring the winning mentality and chemistry from the Warriors to Washington. However, he felt the Wizards did not create the right environment for the young star to do that.

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Kevin Garnett was not impressed with Jordan Poole

A lot of Warriors fans expected Jordan Poole to be the successor of superstar Stephen Curry. So when Poole left the team a season after the altercation with Draymond Green, many fans were not happy. In his final year with the Dubs, Poole started only half of his games. So, many expected him to finally reach his potential with the Wizards and score in bunches. However, things have not worked out.

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Apparently, Kevin Garnett was not happy with what he saw from the young star and went on a harsh rant. He went as far as saying that the shooting guard does not belong in the league. At the time, some thought it was still very early in the season to judge Poole’s performances. However, the situation has not changed months later.

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After averaging 20.4 points last season, Poole is currently averaging 16.5 points per game as per ESPN. Even though he has had some high-scoring games, he lacks consistency. With his struggles, the Wizards now have the second-worst record in the league.

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Bagavathi Eswaran

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