Correct me if I'm wrong, but Kobe Bryant won an NBA Championship before he signed his first big money contract in 2000. That goes double for two-time Finals MVP Dwyane Wade. And Golden State's own Klay Thompson? Oh, he just signed a $70 million maximum deal because Andrew Bogut and Andre Iguodala crippling the cap and flaming out in the first round apparently wasn't enough.
Bob Meyers-this one won't be going on your highlight reel.
Klay Thompson, and every ounce of his microscopic 10.8 career playoff PER, will be chucking it up but seldom splashing it in the San Francisco bay for four more years, and you can bet that means four more years of playoff disappointment for Warriors fans.
I'll admit, Thompson has played decently this (very early) season, posting a barely league-leading average of 29.7 points per game on 53% shooting. But it's what he does (and doesn't do) in the playoffs that really matters, and so far he's come up completely empty. In the postseason, nerves and pressure become a real factor. Road crowds get that much more venomous. And Champions like Rip Hamilton, Jason Terry and Ray Allen and rise above the average players.
Klay Thompson is an average player: a volume shooter with a career puny 16.2 points per game average; a lock down defender with just 1.5 blocks-plus-steals per game; a winner with just one game winning bucket before Sunday's win at Portland (and I guarantee you he only felt bold enough to take that shot because there were six seconds remaining-an eternity in NBA time, and allegedly like seven eternities in stoner time).
Number 11's selfishness has manifested itself before (who can forget his bone-headed rushed three pointer in the closing seconds that cost the Warriors a win over Denver last year?), but it's only now that his rampant greed is affecting the team as a whole on a nightly basis.
Think about the two losses this preseason, and the frequent turnover problems. Is it that hard to imagine Andre Iguodala and Stephen Curry shaken to the core by a loud and overbearing Klay Thompson, costing us critical free throw misses and absent-minded turnovers? As far as I know, those two players have never been known for either of those things, yet this keeps on happening every game when Klay Thompson is on the court. This can't be a coincidence.
After scoring a go-ahead jumper in the lane Sunday (mind you, one that he unnecessarily took while falling away backwards solely for dramatic effect), Klay Thompson beat his chest like some sort of barbarian and screamed what could have been curse words! I counted several children sitting courtside at the Moda Center, and this kind of behavior is absolutely appalling. When I go to Portland, I don't want to get mistrusting stares from strangers just because of the flight I come in on. And I shouldn't have to explain what the "h-word" means to children when I watch the NBA on television.
Klay Thompson is Anthony Morrow with a bigger paycheck and a worse attitude. Our refusal to get a real winner, like a Danny Green or Mario Chalmers continues to serve as proof that it's the same old Warriors in Golden State--like former Dubs owner Chris Cohan never even left. Mark my super serious words: if we ever want to go to the Promised Land we need a real savior...not this false, overpaid idol.