How Warriors’ Jordan Poole handled quarantining at a Boston hotel

Robert Roffulo

SALT LAKE CITY — As guard Jordan Poole watched Warriors games from his Boston hotel room last month, he made sure to turn off the sound. Hearing the TV commentary would only make him sadder. A positive coronavirus test during a team trip to Boston had forced Poole to self-isolate […]

SALT LAKE CITY — As guard Jordan Poole watched Warriors games from his Boston hotel room last month, he made sure to turn off the sound.

Hearing the TV commentary would only make him sadder. A positive coronavirus test during a team trip to Boston had forced Poole to self-isolate there for 10 days, an excruciating wait for someone who hadn’t missed more than a couple of games at a time in his nascent NBA career.

To pass the quarantine doldrums, Poole binged Netflix shows and read. The Warriors’ training staff dropped off resistance bands, a jump rope, a couple of slide boards — anything to help him stay in shape. Perhaps the toughest part, though, was watching the games. Whenever the Warriors struggled, Poole wondered how different things would have been had he not tested positive.

“It was really weird watching it on TV,” said Poole, who’s third on Golden State with 17.9 points per game. “I can find ways to get better every single time, but it was definitely different not being out there, seeing that I can’t help the team in certain ways.”

Finally, after clearing protocols, Poole headed back to San Francisco on Monday. After sitting out Tuesday’s loss to the Nuggets, Poole flew with the team to Denver, where he ramped up his conditioning during two practices — a luxury partly afforded by the postponement of Thursday night’s game because of a coronavirus outbreak within the Nuggets’ organization.


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