Klay Thompson RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
Klay Thompson, one-half of the Golden State Warriors’ sweet-shooting “Splash Brothers,” now has a splashy home to go with the title. The shooting guard, who has played his part in the Warriors’ run to the NBA Finals, found time to make another sort of play earlier this year, buying an ocean-view home in Dana Point for $2.2 million.
Klay Thompson did come out on the winning side of things and possibly included a not-so-subtle shot at James as part of his celebration. While sitting next to Stephen Curry and the Larry O’Brien Trophy, Thompson said, “It just feels good to say we’re the best team in the world with the best player [in] the world.”
With the Larry O’Brien Trophy within reach, the Warriors are bracing for a tough climb all the way to the mountaintop. “It’s going to be the hardest game of our lives,” guard Klay Thompson said of Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.: 39 more rumors
Speak to the principals today and everyone says it was a group decision, none more forcefully than West. As is his nature, he takes great pains to deflect any credit, praising the work of Myers and Lacob and the rest. Myers points out that, “It’s a lot easier to make suggestions than decisions.” As for Lacob, he dismisses the topic. “There was never, ever a time when we were going to consider trading Klay in that deal,” he says. “Jerry was strong on that, but so was everybody else.” This may be true. Then again, a source with knowledge of the negotiations counters that, “The deal was done. And Jerry put his foot down.”
Perhaps West’s biggest contribution came last summer, though, when, along with Kerr, he adamantly opposed a trade centered around Thompson and Love. West argued that trading Thompson would be an enormous mistake. The Warriors were built on defense and Love, while a skilled offensive player, was a subpar defender. What’s more, West was certain Thompson would continue to improve, giving the Warriors a potential Hall of Fame backcourt for the next decade. West felt so strongly that, according to one person close to the negotiations, he threatened to resign if the team made the trade. Chances are, West wouldn’t have actually done it—that’s just the way he talks—but when the most successful talent evaluator in league history feels that adamantly about something, it’s probably worth listening.
“I don’t think they’re tougher than us,” Thompson said prior to Game 4. “I think we’ve played tough teams this whole playoff run and people outside are going to say what they say but for me, how I look at it, is the narrative is going to change every game. You know if we would have won Game 2, it would be, ‘Oh, do the Cavs have a fighting chance?’ Or if we would have come back yesterday it would have been a different story, so you can’t really pay attention to what people say. You just got to go out there and fix what you can do and control what you can control.”: 39 more rumors
“Maybe we just need to act like we’re down 20 [points] instead of being tied at the start of the game and then we’ll come out and play with more fire,” Thompson said, acknowledging that the Warriors have allowed the Cavaliers to dictate a number of things in this series.
For the Warriors, the loss was another harsh lesson about the rigors of a championship chase. Bereft of any players with finals experience, the Warriors spent 36 minutes looking completely out of sorts before Stephen Curry nearly engineered a comeback in the fourth quarter. “Very urgent,” the Warriors’ Klay Thompson said when asked about the team’s mentality. “No one wants to be down 3-1.”: 39 more rumors
Gary Washburn: Kyrie Irving confirmed his knee injury was caused by contact with #Warriors’ Klay Thompson. #NBAFinals
“I mean, that shot [Matthew Dellavedova] hit when we were down one when Steph fouled him, that was just lucky, man,” Klay Thompson said. “I guarantee he doesn’t practice that shot so, big player though, and we’re not going to let this game deflate us.”
Klay Thompson had blown Saunders away during a pre-draft workout in 2011, when Saunders coached the Wizards. The Washington brain trust considered reaching for Thompson with the no. 6 pick before going the safe route with a big man — Jan Vesely, who ranked higher on most draft boards but is now out of the league. “We toyed with it,” Saunders says, “but heaven forbid you go out of the box and pick someone you’re higher on than anyone else.”
According to Andrew Bogut, it’s next to impossible to tell a difference in Thompson before or after taking a Trevor Ariza knee to the head. “Same as always. I don’t know if he still has it or not,” Bogut said. “Pre- and post-concussion symptoms, same.”
Never one to mince words, the paint protector is finding it extremely difficult to understand why Irving’s sore knee is newsworthy. He questioned why the organization would divulge that information. “There’s probably 15 guys on this team that’s carrying an injury right now,” Bogut told Northeast Ohio Media Group. “There are probably 15 guys on their team that’s carrying an injury. (The Warriors) not going to release everything. You don’t want to release some stuff. [Injures] are a part of the game. If you get to this point in the season, you’re going to have tendinitis, arthritis and contusions. You’re going to have your body hurting.”