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Klay Thompson reveals 1 big obstacle he is still facing after injuries

Klay Thompson with a headband

Jun 5, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) warms up before game two of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Klay Thompson managed to win another NBA title after returning from his injuries, but he is still not quite all the way back from them.

The Golden State Warriors star Thompson spoke with reporters this week and revealed one major obstacle that he is still facing — a mental block that kept him from playing pickup basketball all offseason.

“It was really hard for me to get out there,” said Thompson, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “Just mentally, it was hard. It’s hard to explain. It’s like a mental block in a way.

“I’m gonna face it one day, but this [past] season was just so taxing,” added Thompson. “Just coming back, it was hard to win a championship, then a month later, [look to] play. It was a lot. But I’ll be [back]. I look forward to playing summer basketball again [eventually].”

The context here matters. After he suffered a torn ACL during the 2019 NBA Finals against Toronto, Thompson looked poised to return for the 2020-21 campaign. However, he then tore his Achilles tendon while playing in a pickup game in Nov. 2020 and missed another whole season of action.

That rotten luck would be enough to make anybody hesitant to return to playing pickup, especially a top NBA star with tens (if not hundreds) of millions at stake. We already saw another notable player suffer a season-ending injury during a pickup game this summer. Meanwhile, Thompson, who is looking to play in his first full season since 2018-19, is still trying to overcome the mental hurdles from his own pickup mishap two years ago.

Klay Thompson’s older brother gets new job with Warriors

Klay Thompson with a headband

Jun 5, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) warms up before game two of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Trayce Thompson is not the only one of Klay Thompson’s brothers who is making a name for himself.

The Golden State Warriors announced in a release on Friday that they have hired Mychel Thompson, older brother of the five-time All-Star swingman Klay, as their new video coordinator.

Mychel, the eldest of the Thompson brothers, had already been around the Warriors in past years, Madeline Kenney of Bay Area News Group notes. He served as a volunteer last season, primarily aiding Klay in injury recovery. Now the Warriors have decided to add Mychel to their full-time staff.

Interestingly enough, Mychel had a pro basketball career of his own. After playing four years at Pepperdine University, he went undrafted in 2011 but went on to make five appearances with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2011-12 NBA campaign. Mychel then spent several seasons in the NBA G League (then known as the NBA D-League) and even had a stint playing overseas in Italy before officially retiring in 2018.

In addition to Mychel and Klay, who is the middle brother, the youngest Thompson brother Trayce is currently an outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers. That led to an awesome Thompson family moment at a recent Dodgers game.

Klay Thompson angered with ‘bums’ at ‘NBA 2K’ over perceived slight

Klay Thompson with a headband

Jun 5, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) warms up before game two of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Klay Thompson now has enough championship rings for four of his fingers … which leaves his middle finger open for the people at “NBA 2K.”

The Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Thompson called out those in charge of the popular video game this week over his supposedly low three-point rating in the latest edition. Thompson was given an 88 rating (out of 100), which was on par with the likes of Kevin Durant, Desmond Bane, and Luke Kennard. However, he was far behind his fellow Splash Brother Steph Curry, who earned a 99 three-point rating.

Thompson went in on “NBA 2K” in a pair of posts to Instagram. He said that “NBA 2K has been doo doo since Sega Dreamcast,” including poop, clown, and vomiting emojis for emphasis. Thompson then shared a screenshot that showed he had made the second-most threes in NBA playoff history (behind only Curry). “Put some respect on my name you bums @NBA2K,” he added.

The 32-year-old Thompson, who shot 38.5 percent from distance last season after two straight missed seasons with injury, is actually not in bad company with his 88 rating. Kennard (44.9 percent) and Bane (43.6 percent) were the NBA’s two best three-point shooters last year, while Durant (38.3 percent) remains a top superstar.

Nevertheless, Thompson is always fueled by any and all slights that he can find. Around this time last year, we saw how Thompson made a huge stink about another perceived moment of disrespect.

Video: Klay Thompson went nuts cheering his brother Trayce at Dodgers game

Klay Thompson celebrating

Klay Thompson continues to live his best life as an NBA champion this summer, and now he’s doing it at a Los Angeles Dodgers game.

Thompson was sitting behind the visitor’s dugout during Sunday’s game at Dodger Stadium between the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. The Golden State Warriors star was even seen chugging an entire beer in under ten seconds.

Why? He was making an Instagram video, of course.

The day got even better for Thompson. His brother Trayce, a Dodgers outfielder, delivered an RBI double in the seventh inning to extend the team’s lead. Klay was loving it and celebrated in a big way.

Is there a better way to spend a summer after winning an NBA title? Thompson is clearly making the most of it. He’s having a blast, even when he takes a few moments to call out the critics.

Klay Thompson calls out NBA media ‘experts’

Klay Thompson with a headband

Jun 5, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) warms up before game two of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors won their fourth NBA title in the last eight years over one month ago, and Klay Thompson is still sticking it to the team’s doubters.

Thompson went live on Instagram Wednesday while appearing to be driving a car. He called out NBA media experts for being skeptical about the Warriors’ ability to win another NBA championship.

“Anyone who has the ‘expert’ under TV analysis of their respective sport, but never really did the damn thing, you can’t trust them,” Thompson said. “You can’t trust their opinion, you can’t trust their expertise, because they literally said we were dead in the water, and what did we do? Win the championship. I know it hurt them bad.”

Steph Curry tweeted a great response to the video, which was shared by Bleacher Report.

“Hahahahahahahaha that’s my dawg!!!” Curry wrote.

The Warriors seemed to have a chip on their shoulder last season, although they were not massive underdogs. They had the fourth-best preseason odds to win the NBA Finals, only behind the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks.

But the Warriors had gone through plenty of hard times over the past few years. Golden State had the worst record in the Western Conference (15-50) during the 2019-2020 season, and did not advance past the postseason play-in games the following year after finishing with a 39-33 record. Thompson had not played since tearing his ACL during the NBA Finals in 2019 (and later his Achilles), and Curry missed most of the 2019-2020 season after hand surgery. There was no guarantee that the Warriors would win another ring.

Klay Thompson had funny mishap on way to championship parade

Klay Thompson with a headband

Jun 5, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) warms up before game two of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Klay Thompson may be a 6-foot-6 basketball flamethrower with four championship rings. But he is still human just like the rest of us.

The Golden State Warriors All-Star had a hilarious mishap on his way to the team’s victory parade on Monday. Thompson was streaming himself live on Instagram taking his personal boat to the festivities. As Thompson traversed the waters, his championship hat came flying off his head and landed in the drink. Take a look.

Fortuntely for Thompson though, the Warriors probably still have plenty of extra hats to go around from their championship collection. But for the time being on Monday, Thompson wore a captain’s hat to the parade instead.

It is easy to see why Thompson is one of the most beloved goofballs in the league. He has also already had some funny antics on the seas prior to this.

Ja Morant issues apparent response to Klay Thompson’s shade

Ja Morant looking on

Jan 26, 2022; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) during the first half against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Ja Morant still isn’t ducking any smoke, even in the offseason.

The Memphis Grizzlies star appeared to fire back on Friday at Golden State Warriors counterpart Klay Thompson. After the Warriors won the NBA title on Thursday, Thompson called out Grizzlies big man Jaren Jackson Jr. for something that Jackson had tweeted in the regular season. You can see the video here.

Morant replied by quote-tweeting Grizzlies reporter KJ Wright, who wrote, “really out here living rent free” in apparent reference to Thompson. Morant added his own message in agreement, writing, “got a lot of real estate.”

The implication they were making is that the Grizzlies live rent-free in the heads of Thompson and the Warriors, or in other words that the Grizzlies occupy their minds.

The All-Star guard Morant then followed it up by retweeting a post that read, “Good morning to Jaren Jackson Jr. only.”

Memphis was one of the teams that Golden State defeated on their way to the NBA championship. The two battled it out in the second round with the Warriors winning in six games. It was a hostile series that featured several feuds between several players. With this latest back-and-forth, Grizzlies-Warriors may quickly be developing into a major NBA rivalry.

Klay Thompson pulls a Michael Jordan after winning championship

Klay Thompson looking on

May 14, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) stands on the court before the start of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers in game one of the Western conference finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Klay Thompson has been the subject of trade rumors in recent years, but the Golden State Warriors star does not plan on going anywhere. That would require playing for another head coach, and Thompson made it clear after Game 6 of the NBA Finals that he has no interest in that.

When asked on Thursday night about his future in Golden State, Thompson said he is going “full Michael Jordan” by saying he will not play for another head coach besides Steve Kerr. Thompson made the remark during a postgame interview with NBATV and reiterated it when Draymond Green asked him a similar question.

Thompson missed two full seasons with injuries in 2019-20 and 2020-21. The Warriors stuck with him and it paid off. The 32-year-old averaged 17.0 points during the NBA Finals and had some huge games.

It would not be a surprise if Thompson finished his career in Golden State. He has two years remaining on his current contract, and he will be 34 when it expires. Warriors executive Bob Myers hinted on Thursday that Thompson is in his plans going forward, so we don’t expect a trade this offseason.

Warriors exec drops hint about team’s future

Steph Curry in his Warriors uniform

Mar 5, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first quarter of the game against the Toronto Raptors at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors proved on Thursday night that they still have the best core in the NBA when healthy, and it does not sound like president of basketball operations Bob Myers has any intention of breaking it up.

After the Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Myers spoke about how he and the team’s front office showed patience even as injuries kept Golden State from contending in recent years. That patience paid off with a fourth championship. Myers indicated he plans to go for a fifth.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do now … keep going I guess,” Myers said during an appearance on NBATV’s postgame show.

The Warriors won 15 games just two years ago in the pandemic-shortened season. They then missed the playoffs again last year and had just 39 wins. Klay Thompson missed both seasons with injuries. Stephen Curry played just five games in 2019-20.

Because of the injuries and age of their superstars, some people felt Golden State should blow their roster up. Myers instead decided to give his core of Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green another shot. His confidence in them was rewarded.

The Warriors now have some big free agent decisions to make, and they probably will not be able to keep Andrew Wiggins. Given what Myers said, it sounds like his priority remains keeping his Big 3 intact.

Klay Thompson takes big shot at ‘bum’ Grizzlies player after winning title

Klay Thompson talks with the media

Klay Thompson may have been celebrating on Thursday night after winning the fourth championship of his career, but he still had some time to take a shot at one of his haters.

The Golden State Warriors guard scored 12 points in his Warriors’ 103-90 Game 6 win over the Boston Celtics on Thursday to clinch the fourth title of his career. While talking in his postgame press conference, something came to Klay’s mind that he couldn’t help but bring up.

Thompson recalled how annoyed he was by a tweet sent by Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. on March 28.

The Grizzlies, who finished as the No. 2 seed in the West, had beaten the Warriors 123-95 that night. Jackson did not play in the game and was proud of his team for winning without him.

“Strength in numbers” is a motto the Warriors have used. It was an appropriate line from Jackson considering his team was able to win without him.

On Thursday, Thompson brought up that tweet and mentioned just how much it bothered him.

“There was this one player on the Grizzlies who tweeted ‘strength in numbers’ after they beat us in the regular season. And it pissed me off so much. I can’t wait to retweet that thing. Freaking bum. I had to watch that. I was like, ‘this freaking clown. OK, OK, OK.’ Sorry, that memory just popped up,” Thompson said.

“You’re going to mock us? Like, ‘you ain’t ever been there before, bro. We’ve been there. We know what it takes.’ So to be here again? Hold that.”

Thompson’s point is that his team had its eyes on the real prize — the NBA title — rather than a March 28 game.

He’s right.

But that doesn’t mean the Grizzlies were wrong for celebrating that win. For Memphis, that was a big win. Sure, they lost to the Warriors in the playoffs, but the Grizzlies are finding themselves and learning what it takes to win in the postseason. The Warriors know what it takes. For Thompson, getting to throw his championship ring back in someone’s face at the end of the season feels pretty sweet.