HoopsHype Klay Thompson rumors


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Of course the crew had to ask him about if he and John Wall are the NBA's best backcourt, specifically when compared to the Splash Brothers out in Golden State. "We feel as though were the best backcourt in the NBA and we're gonna compete each and every night to try and prove it," he said. Bullets Forever

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Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson helped a roomful of volunteers stuff lunch bags for hungry East Bay residents in downtown Oakland Tuesday afternoon. The 150 Golden State Warriors season ticket holders, Warriors staff and employees of San Francisco-based auto insurance company Esurance teamed up with organizers from HashtagLunchbag to put together 1,000 bag lunches in the Oakland Marriott City Center. Contra Costa Times

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“Clearly, we had an opportunity to make a big deal, which would have involved Klay, and it was a very complex decision,” Lacob says. “It went on for quite a long time. Really a couple of months. It’s always a tough call on something like this. There are great players going both ways. But at the end of the day, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are maybe the best backcourt in the NBA. That doesn’t come along every day.” After months of speculation, Kerr sent a text message to Klay: You’re not going anywhere. I can’t wait to have the opportunity to coach you. Grantland

And indeed, Thompson credits competition between teammates for his development into an all-around scoring threat. “Trying to chase Steph,” he says. “That’s how you stay hungry. Try to do what he does. I can’t do that. I don’t think anyone on this planet can.” As Thompson and Curry have grown into what many believe is the NBA’s best backcourt, it has become clear that they’re linked by much more than their catchy Splash Brothers nickname. Their fathers, Mychal Thompson and Dell Curry, both had successful NBA careers before becoming broadcast analysts for the Lakers and Hornets, respectively. Grantland

Thompson’s rookie year came in that dreadful, lockout-shortened season. He didn’t know what to expect from himself — how good he could be as an NBA player. Back then, he said about two words a day. Now, he’s comfortable with his teammates, with the media, and with his game, and Curry has noticed. “The ability to put the ball on the floor and make plays as opposed to just being a scorer, that’s the best thing for him and [for] us as a team,” Curry says. “He’s almost impossible to guard if he can do that. I don’t know what clicked, whether it was just the confidence that he can make a play in traffic and get where he wants on the floor — it’s pretty cool to see.” Grantland

“Nothing was ever given to me, regardless of what people think,” Curry says. “I had a dad that played in the league, but it wasn’t a cakewalk to get to this place. I’m obviously blessed to have natural talents, but for me, it was all about hard work and discipline when it came to getting to this level.” Every player who enters the NBA, no matter how good he is, experiences a moment of doubt early in his career, something that makes him ask, “Am I good enough for this league?” Curry struggled at times in his rookie year, and his friend and former roommate Chris Strachan remembers that Curry would watch his old Davidson highlights to remind himself of how good he was. “It was like, Yeah, this is how I play,” Strachan says. It was as if Curry were thinking, “This is a new league and a new 3-point line and new teammates and different personalities and everything, but this is how I play right here. This is what I need to do.“ Grantland

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I'll be straight-up honest with you: I didn't see this coming from you this year. Do you feel like people were overlooking your potential? Thompson: Absolutely. One hundred percent. I knew I had the ability. Because I honestly think my ballhandling and my plays out of the pick-and-roll ... I did it a lot better than people give me credit for. But you look at my numbers on a face value and, "oh, he only averaged two assists a game." But this year I'll be able to be in the pick-and-roll a lot more. I think people underestimate my first step too. I think I might not be the best vertical athlete, but I think I'm quicker than people give me credit for. That was the biggest knock on me coming out of college. "Oh, is he athletic enough to succeed on the next level?" I knew I was, but I knew it was going to take time and I looked at my stats and every year they got incrementally better. ESPN.com

You just don't want to get caught up in the media cycle where it's, "He thinks he's better than that guy!" Yeah, yeah. I know, right? That's the truth. That’s the truth. But playing this summer, I knew I was good enough to be on Team USA and saw a lot of stuff like, "Klay, are you sure you're going to make it?" I laughed at people like, "100 percent, I'm going to make that team." ESPN.com

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