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20 July, 2021 - 03:00pm
Recovering Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson isn’t participating in full contact workouts yet, but he’s “starting to really get movement on the court,” head coach Steve Kerr told Anthony Slater of The Athletic. Thompson continues to rehab from an Achilles tear he suffered in November 2020.
Kerr addressed a few other topics of note during his conversation with Slater. Here are some of the highlights:
I can’t wait to see Klay Thompson back playing basketball. Dude is one of the easiest guys to root for in the sport.
True. Shame he has missed so much time. Honestly his injury is a main reason the league has rebalanced. Even without Durant, a healthy GSW would have been a top-3 odds favorite to win the title.
Idk that I’d have put them in top 3. But they’d be up there.
Great question. I don’t know if anyone knows yet. I guess the top six are very clear and none of those guys are going to slide. After that you either go Young Wing who’s not ready or low ceiling guy who is ready.
Sillivan what do you think the Warriors do in this draft?
I think someone will probably slide and the Dubs will snag him at 7. They revamped their development staff with their new hires, so signs seem to be pointing towards keeping their picks unless another team panics.
Any huge trade would prob have to involve Wiggins since the hard cap looms, unless Oubre decides to do a S&T (seems very unlikely).
You are 7…I’m not a number.
Why does Sillivan get to be 7?
Think they are leaning towards Moses Moody at 7. He’s the only player they reviewed Film with last week in all of those Draft workouts. He’s viewed as a Klay plug-and-play substitute as Klay will likely not be ready by Opening night.
Personally, I’d prefer James Bouknight as a player that can create his own shot get us Buckets off the bench.
Don’t like Moody. He disappeared in Tournament. I’d take Bouknight or Mitchell if I’m Warriors. But I think they are trading for a vet.
He carried the Hogs all season (I’m a fan). Rumors were he wasn’t fully healthy headed into the tournament and that attributed to his poor play. Why would you ever judge a prospects potential on ONE tournament? That’s downright foolish, IMO.
Warriors best move and cheaper move. Us a sign no trade with Obrue for Barnes. Even with a third team. He fits them and they need him. Wiggins can be the scoring off bench. But will start till Klay is ready. Wiggins to me has become a better all around pkayer with Warriors. And don’t sleep on his scoring. Against second (bench) teams he can put up 30.
Klay Thompson Is Worth $80 Million, but He’d Have Even More Money if Not for Draymond Green: ‘I’m Sick of That Dude’
20 July, 2021 - 03:00pm
On a recent Instagram Live, the Warriors guard explained that he’s been playing plenty of dominoes. While that hobby might not be physically demanding, it still comes with some risks. Thompson claimed that he’d lost a good deal of cash to Green thanks, at least in part, to his cheating ways.
Given his unlucky ACL and Achilles injuries, Thompson hasn’t seen meaningful NBA action since the tail end of the 2018-19 campaign. Those recent issues, however, didn’t stop the guard from making plenty of money before being confined to the sidelines.
On the back of a strong college career at Washington State, Thompson entered into the 2011 NBA draft and joined the Warriors as the 11th overall pick. While that position might not carry the same clout as going first-overall, it still helped the guard ink a $9.7 rookie contract.
As Klay grew into a key part of the Warriors’ offensive rotation, his earning power also improved. In October 2014, he signed an extension worth $68.9 million over four years. Later that year, he’d earn his first trip to the All-Star Game and claim his first NBA championship. The guard continued to shine and, shortly after tearing his ACL during the 2019 NBA Finals, re-upped with the Warriors. While he’s yet to return to the hardwood, Thompson will be entering the third year of a $189 million deal in fall 2021.
While a $60 million net worth would normally allow Thompson to do virtually anything his heart desires, back-to-back injuries probably limited his options a bit. It’s tough to hit the beach or head to the club immediately after tearing your Achillies. With that being said, the Warriors guard has still found ways to occupy his time.
As explained in a recent Instagram Live, Klay has been playing plenty of dominoes. That hobby isn’t just fun and games, though. It apparently carries some financial risks.
“All I [was] playing with this year was Draymond. He took so much damn money from me, I’m sick of that dude, man,” Thompson explained, as seen in a Streamable recording of his Instagram Live. “I’m never playing Draymond at dominoes again. He’s a cheater. He has a secret big five in his sleeve at all times. It’s crazy. See me on the bones. I haven’t gotten a win against Draymond in dominoes in years. Nah, that’s a lie, I won a series in San Antonio. But it’s been one, one win.”
While it’s not clear how much money the guard has lost while playing dominoes, he’s a bit more confident in his chess game.
“My guy Magnus, I learned from the world champion himself, the GOAT. Magnus Carlsen,” Klay continued. “See me. That’s my game.”
Steven Adams on Draymond Green being more pesky and annoying this series: "I think he's peaked with annoyingness."
Whether Green is actually cheating or simply has a knack for dominoes, it’s clear that his game has frustrated Thompson. The Warriors guard, however, isn’t the first person to complain about the forward.
Green, for better or worse, has developed somewhat a reputation in the NBA as a defender you don’t want to deal with. Beyond his physical gifts, the Warriors’ stopper has a knack for trash-talking and isn’t afraid to push the envelope, piling up suspensions and fines. Steven Adams, who infamously absorbed a kick from Green, said that Draymond “peaked with annoyingness” during the 2016 Western Conference Finals (H/T For The Win), giving you some idea of how opponents view the forward.
For his part, Green simply said, “I just be me. If that’s annoying, great.”
Years later, it seems like the forward is still up to his old tricks, albeit while playing dominoes. Thankfully for Klay Thompson, his $60 million net worth is strong enough to absorb a few metaphorical kicks.