He grew up cheering for the Lakers, but Klay Thompson has fallen in love with the Warriors.
His father, Mychal, openly hoped for Klay to wear purple and gold and follow the path he set foot during the Lakers’ Showtime Era. But Klay seems fine with charting his own path.
So when the Warriors spent last month pursuing Dwight Howard, Thompson tried to stay even keel over any scenario. Because Golden State remained over the cap, they likely could only land Howard via a sign-and-trade. And considering the Lakers maintained they’d rather let Howard walk than perform a sign-and-trade, plenty believed Thompson could become the key ingredient in convincing the Lakers to think otherwise.
“If it happened, it happened,” Thompson said this past weekend at the Drew League. “That’s nothing you can control. I’m happy where I’m at.”
Thompson has plenty of reason to think that way.
The Warriors advanced all the way to Western Conference semifinals, the first time they reached such a plateau in six years. Golden State acquired free agent swingman Andre Iguodala. And Thompson averaged 16.6 points, a stark improvement from the 12 points per game he posted his rookie season.
Still, Thompson wants more.
“We have to stay humble and not be satisfied,” Thompson said. “We have good team chemistry so we’ll be fine. We had an amazing crew last year. The Spurs beat us and we’re not satisfied. We feel like we can make it to the Finals, especially with the team we have now. We’re too talented.We all know that too. We have a team to make a lot of noise.”
To ensure that, Thompson has started appearing in the Drew League at King-Drew High School in downtown Los Angeles to ensure staying ready this week for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp in Las Vegas. Thompson played on the team, CABC, on Saturday against Top Prospects, scoring 26 points on nine of 20 shooting, while committing four turnovers. That’s why Thompson simply described his performance as “all right.”
“I’m trying to get in as good of shape as I can,” Thompson said. “This is a good way to come out and see what kind of game shape that I’m in. Just have fun.”
Thompson’s moments on the Drew League court often entailed the league announcer George Preciado remarking how he’d look good in a Lakers uniform. As if Thompson hasn’t heard that already enough from Mychal, who serves as a radio analyst for KSPN-710.
“Of course he wanted me to come to the Lakers,” Thompson said. “But that’s his job.”
And it’s apparently Thompson’s job not to be swayed by either scenario.
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