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January 31, 2015 Updates

The remarks were probably "ill advised," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. Still, the coach appreciated his player's passion. "I like that Enes is being emotional and aggressive and playing that way," the coach said. "I think it was said in that kind of spirit of exuberance. But I think we all know the reality is [Golden State] is a terrific team, and what Klay Thompson did the other night was remarkable, and Andrew Bogut may be the best center in the league — to set the record straight." Salt Lake Tribune

January 29, 2015 Updates

The 62-year-old Gervin had two immediate reactions when he learned of Thompson's incredible feat. First: "I said, 'Wowwwww, that's pretty impressive.'" Then: "But I'd like to see him try to get 33 or 37 in a quarter when there wasn't no three-point line." Within seconds, Gervin's friendly baritone gives way to a hearty, mischievous chuckle. The former high flyer and Hall of Famer, who still answers to the nickname Iceman, is speaking from pride, not bitterness, with an eye toward historical accuracy. Bleacher Report

It was, by any measure, an electrifying, unfathomable performance, worthy of praise and a place in the history books. Just not the same history books that Gervin occupies, at least according to Gervin. "I don't feel—and it's funny, everybody laughs—I don't feel he broke my record," Gervin told Bleacher Report in a phone interview. "I feel he set a new record. He set a new record for the new NBA." Bleacher Report

"I'm saying, like, wait a minute, y'all. Y'all are making it seem like what I did was just regular," he said, laughing again. "I ain't mad at the kid doing what he did. But what I'm saying is, let's let the fans know what really happened, and let them be the judge of it." Bleacher Report

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Jerry West knows the feeling Klay Thompson was feeling Friday night. He has often reflected about a game in which he made 16 of 17 shots and also made all 12 of his free throws. But the 76-year-old Warriors executive assistant was quick to say that Thompson's 52-point outing against Sacramento, particularly his 37-point quarter in which he made all 13 of his shots and was 9 for 9 from beyond the 3-point arc, was a feat so unprecedented and exciting that it kept him up all night. "I flew back (to his home in Los Angeles) after the game, and honestly, I couldn't go to sleep," West said Saturday. "I was replaying in my own mind what I had just witnessed. It was incredible to watch. It's something no one's watched, to be honest with you. The people that were fortunate to be there saw something that's probably not going to happen for a long, long time if it ever happens again." Contra Costa Times

January 24, 2015 Updates

SO: What was your reaction? Mychal Thompson: Mouth agape, eyes bugged out, just couldn’t believe, like any basketball fan, just could not believe what I was seeing, the shots he was taking. And you know, if you play this game long enough, and you’re good enough, we’ve all been in a zone where you just feel like everything you throw up’s going in. But I have never seen someone hit, what, nine threes in a row, something like that. SO: Klay said, “My dad’s going to say I should’ve got 60.” MT: Well, I can’t fault him this time, because he didn’t play (much of) the fourth (quarter). If he’d’a played the fourth quarter, definitely you gotta get in the 60s. San Francisco Chronicle

SO: Did you talk to Klay after the game? MT: For a minute. He was out with his brothers in a noisy environment, so I told him I’d call him this morning. He was out having fun with his two brothers. SO: What will you tell Klay? MT: Definitely enjoy it, and understand the historic significance of it. To do something that four of the greatest scorers in the history of the game—George Gervin, Michael (Jordan), Kobe and Wilt (Chamberlain)—never did, that’s surreal. Definitely enjoy the moment and appreciate it and respect it, and embrace it, too. You have one of those kind of games, the main thing you’ve gotta do is stay humble and stay focused. Enjoy the moment, but tomorrow you’ve gotta come out and perform all over again, can’t live in the past in the NBA. San Francisco Chronicle

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