Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry have played together on the Golden State Warriors since 2011.
Along the way, the pair has won three championships and appear poised to claim a fourth this season.
Given that they’re known as the ‘Splash Brothers’ and are widely spoken of as a dynamic duo akin to Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen or Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, most have always figured that they just meshed together from the start. Not so.
During a recent conversation with Malika Andrews on ESPN, Thompson admitted that he and Curry initially weren’t particularly close.
“We really didn’t get to know each other until about our third year in the league. … That summer of 2014 kind of glued us together.”
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 13, 2022
“We really didn’t get to know each other until about our third year in the league,” he said. “Both very quiet. And I think this trip with USA Basketball to Spain, we played a lot of golf, we drank some sangria in Barcelona. I think he’ll say the same, but that summer of 2014 kind of glued us together and we just became good friends after that.
“There’s a lot of things we do on the court that just seems to be in sync with each other. We don’t even think about it, it’s just like second nature.”
When you see a partnership that is as effective and seemingly natural as the one Curry and Thompson have enjoyed, you just inherently assume they gelled from the jump.
It’s nice that Thompson was able to acknowledge that this wasn’t in fact the case. Like everything else, their bond required work.
Thompson’s interview with Andrews on this topic is particularly funny given the video of them that went viral this past week.
Big picture, Thompson and Curry are two of the greatest shooters in NBA history. The fact that they were able to come together is almost unfair.
While they may not have started out close, they’re definitely tight now. Even if Curry is pretty adamant about who the better shooter between them truly is.
Is Stephen Curry about to lose Finals MVP to Zendaya?https://t.co/NkIySP0My3
— Game 7 (@game7__) June 14, 2022
Will Thompson and Curry be able to claim another championship this year and truly etch their names into the history books as arguably the second-best partnership in NBA history?
Time will tell.