Jordan Poole is in control now

Jordan Poole strolls down a hallway at Capital One Arena flanked by Daren Jenkins, a member of the team’s public relations staff. 

Jenkins, head down, is reading for the camera a list of “get to know you” questions for Poole, the new centerpiece of a rebuilt roster. 

This is Poole starting anew. Lighthearted and funny, with no dearth of confidence, the 24-year-old guard’s arrival in D.C. was — like his punchlines — right on time. 

When new Monumental Basketball president Michael Winger and general manager Will Dawkins initiated a teardown this summer by trading Bradley Beal to the Phoenix Suns 

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Winger needed to reset the environment within the organization, one that had devolved into despondency as the Wizards spent the past several years stranded 

Every single guy we talked to said: ‘We love playing basketball. We just want to have more fun doing it 

Poole, of course, had spent the past year of his career mired in his own drama after then-teammate Draymond Green punched him in the jaw at a Golden State  

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