Klay Thompson is one of the most beloved players in the entire NBA. He has definitely always marched to the beat of his own drum, but his spirit and general way of carrying himself are so charming that folks can’t help but appreciate him.
Because of the way Thompson carries himself, he generally flies under the radar. Aside from one unfortunate incident of some private photos of him and a special lady friend leaking out, he tends to keep a low profile.
That said, just because he’s a quiet guy doesn’t mean his competitive fire doesn’t burn hot.
Thompson showed that for all to see this week, after his Golden State Warriors got trounced by the Toronto Raptors 130-77.
After the game, he went off on some of his teammates.
“[Kent] Bazemore said Klay Thompson was not happy after the game with the way the Warriors played. Bazemore said that Klay’s message to the group was that it was unacceptable to lose this way,” tweeted Nick Friedell of ESPN.
Later Friedell offered a follow-up.
“[Nick] Mannion clarified that Klay’s message wasn’t to the entire group — just talking to some players in the hallway,” he wrote.
Yikes Paul Pierce. https://t.co/3QzF3kilRR
— Game 7 (@game7__) April 3, 2021
The Warriors are in a rough spot right now. At 23-26 they’re currently 10th in the West. While that keeps them in the hunt for a playoff spot, it’s obviously not great.
Head coach Steve Kerr’s blunt assessment of the team’s postseason odds speaks for itself.
It’s good that the Warriors have Thompson around to help motivate the squad. But what they really need is him back on the court, because they are struggling bad without him.
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