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Jordan Poole Is Displeased Being Moved To The Bench

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24: Jordan Poole #13 of the Washington Wizards looks on during the first half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Capital One Arena on January 24, 2024 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jess Rapfogel/Getty Images)

Jordan Poole finds himself as the Washington Wizards‘ sixth man after a lackluster run this season. This move might be the necessary change Washington needs, but time will tell. As for their former starter, he’s not happy about it.

Jordan Poole Stays Level-headed Despite The Change

Unexpectedly, moving from one of the starters to a sixth man nearing the end of the season must sting. Ava Wallace‘s conversation with the former Golden State Warrior shows how this move frustrated him.

The NBA champion is ready to grit his teeth and accept what comes. However, that won’t stop him from expressing his frustration.

DENVER, COLORADO - FEBRUARY 22: Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets puts up a shot against Jordan Poole #13 and Bilal Coulibaly #0 of the Washington Wizards in the fourth quarter at Ball Arena on February 22, 2024 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Despite his possible indescribable emotions, he’s willing to work through it and with the team to achieve the best outcome.

“If there’s any common sense, with the situation, you should know how I feel. But I’m just going to come out, do what I can do to help the team, keep it moving.”

Jordan Poole

He continues with his understanding approach and claims he wouldn’t see him doing the same if he were the coach. However, he’s willing to endure the difficult change.

Additionally, he thinks he’s contributed more to the team than they seem to see. Since there’s nothing to do about the situation, he’ll do what he does and see where it goes.

“I mean, if this is a way to try to get me on ball, I guess that’s just what we have to do. I can’t do anything but control what I can control.”

Jordan Poole

Was It The Right Move?

It’s too early to prove this was the right move for the Wizards. However, Poole’s performance during the Denver Nuggets-Wizards game was less than stellar.

He made four shots out of 17 during his time on the court.

Meanwhile, many users point out the turnovers the team committed in the fourth quarter alone—two of the first being Poole’s possessions.

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Overall, it’s difficult for the team and the young guard. It’s almost two years since the Draymond Green punch, and the 24-year-old’s career seems rocky.

For now, his career might stay that way as he adjusts to being the sixth man. However, a few months of training and conversations with the team might change that.

Do you think Poole deserves to be benched?