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Klay Thompson Finds It Hard Going From Hero to Zero: ‘To Go From One of the Best Players, It’s Hard for Anybody’

Jan 27, 2024; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) reacts after fouling out during the second overtime against the Los Angeles Lakers at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Klay Thompson and his run this season have been less than stellar compared to prior seasons. However, descending from one’s peak can take a toll on their psyche, especially when they continue to strive for what used to be “normal” for them.

Is It The End For Klay Thompson?

Anthony Slater‘s interview with Thompson sheds light on the Golden State Warriors forward’s thoughts on his current state. The journalist checks up on the 33-year-old, asking how he’s doing.

Thompson responds that he’s doing great physically. However, his mental health is a different conversation. Steve Kerr has benched the “Splash Brother” during two of their last three close contests.

The superstar knows that his shooting hasn’t been turning heads recently. Understandably, it’s been difficult to comprehend the challenging run for the four-time NBA champion.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors drives against Bogdan Bogdanovic #13 of the Atlanta Hawks during the fourth quarter at State Farm Arena on February 03, 2024 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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During their bout with the Brooklyn Nets, he only scored eight points in 29 minutes of action. Furthermore, he missed all three of his three-point attempts while making four of his six two-pointers.

“I feel great physically. Mentally, probably a different story but such is life. Shooting, I pride myself in that stuff.”

Klay Thompson

On the other hand, he gives flowers to his teammates for winning the game against the Nets, 109-98.

“These guys played great. Gui [Santos] played great, BP [Brandon Podziemski], Jonathan [Kuminga]. At the end of the day, winning trumps all.”

Klay Thompson

Thompson is having difficulty transitioning from star player to bench come crunch time. Considering how great the Warriors’ run has been since the mid-2010s, it’s no mystery why the five-time All-Star would feel this way.

“Yeah, you kidding me? To go from one of the best players, it’s hard for anybody.”

Klay Thompson

Draymond Green Jumps To Klay Thompson’s Defense

As expected of a loyal friend, Draymond Green predicts the reporter’s question about Thompson’s benching.

“I didn’t close Game Five of the Finals. Who the f— cares?”

Draymond Green

Ultimately, Thompson accepted that games like these happen and is trying to stay positive. He once again credits his teammates, especially the next generation of Warriors—for playing well and closing out games this season where “games are harder to win.”

“I’ve accepted it. I could be mad, but I’m happy for these young guys. Yeah, we won and it’s hard to get wins in this league.”

Klay Thompson

With the trade deadline coming up and the forward’s lack of an extension, his future remains murky with the team. Despite that, it’s nice to see him stay positive and hopeful for future good games.