Klay Thompson has been an instrumental part of the Golden State Warriors organization since he was drafted back in 2011. His mixture of shooting, leadership, and competitive nature has made him a key component of the Warriors dynasty that shaped basketball in the 2010s.
For both Thompson and the Warriors, this year has been a disappointing one. As Thompson prepares to hit free agency this offseason, he made it clear that he is more than willing to take a reduced role to play in Golden State.
“I’ll be 35 next year. At 35, coming off the ACL and an Achilles [tear] and still have the ability to be a really good player. Maybe not the guy who scored 60 in three quarters and scored an NBA record 37 points in a quarter, but still a great threat out there.”Klay Thompson said in an interview with The Ringer
Adapting is an essential part of the game. While the Warriors dynasty may be in jeopardy, there is truly no way to count a team with that much experience out entirely. The Warriors currently hold a 25-25 record with the All-Star break quickly approaching.
Thompson also called upon NBA legends such as Reggie Miller and Ray Allen for how he hopes to model his game late in his career. Both Miller and Allen were incredible sharpshooters who played into their late 30s.
“I’ve modeled my game after Reggie [Miller] and Ray [Allen], and those guys were incredibly effective until their late 30s. So I plan on kind of following that mold.”Klay Thompson
The Warriors will look to bounce back this season for the final third of the season. While there are plenty of question marks around the team, it seems as though Thompson leaving isn’t one of them.