How Warriors' Jordan Poole giving up social media helped him thrive

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How no social media has helped Poole thrive with Warriors originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Jordan Poole delivered again Sunday night when the spotlight was very bright.

The No. 28 overall pick from the 2019 draft scored 15 points (5-for-9 from the field, 3-for-7 on 3s) in 25 minutes in the Warriors' big win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Poole no longer is on social media.

How has that helped him this season?

"I just get to focus on the now. I get to focus on today, focus on what's in front of me," he explained to the media. "I don't need to focus on what's going on tomorrow or the day after that.

"People throw a lot of crazy stuff out there on the Internet -- from stats to pictures to random unnecessary comments. You kind of block all of that out. You're not hearing it, you're not seeing it and you get to focus on the task at hand. Just continue to keep going.

"I'd recommend it. If you can, I'd recommend it for sure."

That is quite the mature perspective from somebody who does not turn 22 years old until next month.

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And the approach clearly has paid dividends.

"That's my guy," Draymond Green told TV broadcasters Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike. "The resiliency that he's shown. He's been incredible for us. [But] most importantly, he's growing defensively."

Poole is putting it all together at the right time, and that's great news for the present and future.

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