Bob Myers uses a compelling baseball analogy to rate Jordan Poole’s struggles

Jordan Poole received his well-deserved bag in October.

After one of the most brilliant breakout seasons in the Warriors’ recent history, the paycheck arrived on his doorstep in the form of a four-year, $123 million contract extension.

But eleven games into the 2022-23 NBA season, Golden State needs more from its 23-year guard.

“I can’t feel what he’s feeling. I just see what he’s doing in the facility or hear what he’s saying. But he’s pushing,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers told 95.7 The Game on Tuesday.

Pressing or not, Poole fought his way out of goal. He averages 15.2 points while shooting 40.6 percent from the field and just 30.1 percent from the 3-point range in 28.8 minutes per match.

The same categories last season: 18.5 points, 44.8 field goal percentage and 36.4 3-point clip.

“It’s only been 11 games,” Myers told The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami on Tuesday. “Too early. It’s a bit like a hitter you know can have a rough start to the baseball season. I don’t see it any differently. A .300 hitter hitting .200. It’s nothing on one should overreact.

“I can’t tell you why. … But he can play. He played in the playoffs. … I think he’ll find out. He was against it,” Myers said.

Much of the blame for the Warriors’ shaky 4-7 start lies with the youngsters. James Wiseman and Jonathan Kuminga in particular have yet to shake off slow starts in the second session. Wiseman, who was tasked with being the backup center behind Kevon Looney, earned his first DNP (Did Not Play) in Monday’s 116-113 win over the Kings.

As the standard-bearer of Golden State’s two-timeline future, Poole has yet to find a rhythm as the team’s sixth man.

“Getting off the bench is tough,” Myers told 95.7 The Game. “Transitioning to a man who comes off the bench and finds a rhythm there … but going from starter to bench, especially for a young player, is challenging. … We believe in him; There’s a reason we committed to him, the kid is taking care of it, I think he’s in a little rut right now, but he’ll get out of it.

Four wins in 11 games – and a 6-0 away start – isn’t what the defending champions expected this season.

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“We’ve been there before with some great teams,” Myers told Kawakami. “I remember years ago we were back in Oakland with a really good team and we really had to beat Philadelphia who weren’t trying to win at the time. And it was just a brutally difficult win. But you lose a little confidence. You lose a little of the swagger, and you have to work to get it back.

“And winning is the only thing that really does.”

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