Fresh from winning his third ring with the Golden State Warriors, Klay Thompson, being the chill and laid-back person that he is, decided to make another memorable trip to China, thus launching the second chapter of the story that keeps on giving — China Klay.
They say eating noodles gives you longevity in life. But we may have found the secret to Thompson’s hot shooting ability:
The noodles didn’t help in this instance though:
He also took a trip to Qatar, and in classic Klay Thompson fashion, provided us with some gems:
It’s clear that Thompson’s offseason vacation gave him much needed rest and relaxation for the upcoming season, as he came into the Warriors’ second preseason game with the intention of raining fire upon the Sacramento Kings. With his Splash Brother Stephen Curry out for the game, he took the mantle of the best shooter on the team for one night and victimized the poor Kings with his long range artillery.
Thompson finished the night with 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting (6-of-10 from three-point range). He scored 19 points in the first quarter alone. A harbinger of another 37-point quarter (or more) during the regular season, perhaps?
The Kings had trouble keeping track of him all night long, going under screens and falling asleep on a few possessions:
While the whole night may have been dedicated to the homecoming of Seattle’s prodigal son, Thompson himself is a product of the northwest, having played for the Washington State Cougars during his collegiate days. The crowd showed their appreciation for him all night long, and Thompson acknowledged it:
Klay Thompson: "There were a lot of Cougs in the crowd, and that motivated me to come out and give them a show, to be honest."— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) October 6, 2018
One of Thompson’s goals has always been to become part of the 50-40-90 club, a feat that two of his teammates — Curry and Kevin Durant — have already achieved. He reiterated that desire during his one-on-one interview with Shams Charania. If you still haven’t given that a watch, then now’s a good time to do so:
With the way Thompson played tonight, a 50-40-90 season for him isn’t out of the realm of possibility. It’ll be a joy to see him flexing all over the league this season:
CHINA KLAY IS ON ANOTHER LEVEL THIS SUMMER pic.twitter.com/fgJ6ZFjXgv— Whitney Medworth (@its_whitney) June 28, 2018
Hopefully, Thompson displays this kind of shooting during the regular season and the playoffs, especially if and when the Warriors need another Game 6 miracle. One former Warrior seems to agree with this assessment:
By the way, what are your guys’ opinion on Klay Thompson’s new look? I, for one, am digging it. Sound off on the comments below.
Klays new “mayor of the hookah lounge” look is gonna take some getting used to— sam esfandiari (@samesfandiari) October 6, 2018
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