(Part-2) Why Kerr was upset by Poole's abrupt Warriors exit

“Situation like that, there's only so much you can do,” Looney told Slater. "Especially with all the media attention of our squad, as well as the video coming out. We did our best. Draymond and JP were pros. No more fights broke out this season. Though embarrassing, they didn't let it hinder their play. Still, they played hard. They kept playing.

“I think he was slandered that year. He averaged 20 points and helped us reach the playoffs. When Steph was down, he and Klay kept us going. We ran out of the Play-In and won a series. I think he's mocked. Not all was horrible that year. It may have felt that way

Poole went through highs and lows with the Warriors. He averaged 18.5 points per game on 44.8 percent shooting in his breakout 2021-22 season, earning Most Improved Player and Sixth Man of the Year considerations.

During the Warriors' postseason drive to a Poole Party: Championship Edition, he averaged 17 points on 50.8 percent shooting in 27.5 minutes. Poole averaged a career-high 20.4 points on 43 percent shooting in 30 minutes the next season.

Kerr remarked, “He worked his ass off, earned everything, had to learn the hard way. “He struggled immediately when thrown into the deep end. Everyone suffered in pandemic year. He went to the gym daily when it reopened. I love when young men learn from experience and decide, ‘OK, this is what I have to do.’ He then did it.”

Poole, who hasn't commented about his previous club since joining the Wizards, doesn't have much expectations for his return to the Bay, unlike Kerr and Thompson.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to go back and play where I used to play,” Poole added. So yeah, just heading in, should be good. Lived there four years.” “We would not have won a championship in ’22 without him,” Thompson added. As simple as that. So I hope Dub Nation gives him a good ovation Friday night.

He helped us hoist a flag, so it was unfortunate. However, time cures all wounds, and Dub Nation will always appreciate the Poole Party. Of course I will

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