On Nov. 2 of last year, when the Golden State Warriors were all of 2-0 to start their first season under Steve Kerr, former Laker and current father of Klay Thompson said that if the Warriors didn’t win the NBA championship they should consider the season a bust.
That was last year. After two games!
On Saturday, Thompson again joined the “NBA This Week” on 95.7-FM The Game and talked about the Warriors. Since he was on the money last year, Warriors fans might be very happy to know that Mychal Thompson thinks the Warriors have multiple titles in their future.
“This team is all set to go on a back-to-back run,” Thompson said. “I told Klay and Draymond (Green) this. We were in the Bahamas, hanging out down there celebrating the championship. I said ‘If you guys want to go on a Showtime-like run the way Magic Johnson, Kareem and Worthy did over those eight years all the Warriors have to do is follow the three H’s: No. 1, stay healthy; stay hungry; and stay humble. If they follow those three simple guidelines, this team over the next eight years could win four or five championships, no doubt in my mind.”
Thompson also went on to say that this year’s Warriors team compares very favorably to his Showtime Lakers teams, and that Stephen Curry is on his way to becoming one of the icons of the game, like Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan.
Despite the Warriors’ historic 14-0 start, there has been some concern and criticism over the play of Klay Thompson, whose scoring average is down from 21.7 points per game a year ago to 16.2 points per game this year. Don’t tell that to Mychal.
“They’re not paying attention, obviously,” Thompson said “Klay is fine. He had that sore back to start the season. That hindered his play some, no doubt about that. But when he’s out there healthy, just because he’s not scoring in the 20s, it doesn’t matter. Steph is on such a roll he has to shoot the ball the way he’s shooting it now. It’s something we’ve never seen before.
“Then, they’re sharing the ball a lot more this year. Other guys are getting more shots. That’s why Klay’s average is down a little bit, not because he’s playing bad. His defense is as strong as ever. He’s knocking down the shots when he gets them, it’s just that he’s not shooting as frequently because now (Harrison) Barnes has stepped up, Draymond has taken his game to the next level, Andre (Iguodala) is playing like the Sixth Man of the Year. People who are saying Klay is not playing well, obviously they don’t understand basketball. To me, that’s the way I see it.”
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