Klay Thompson of the Warriors has a strong message for doubters: ‘I Love It.’
There aren’t many people who doubt the Golden State Warriors now that they have a 11-2 record, the best in the NBA, heading into Tuesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn.
It’s just that, after two years of disappointment, there’s a tendency to look for any sign of disrespect and throw it into the fire as fuel.
Klay Thompson, who tore his ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in 2019, as the Warriors attempted to win their fourth championship in five seasons, has become the face of the Warriors’ recent woes.
Thompson tore his Achilles tendon a year ago, just as he was getting ready to return to action.
“The whispers around the league about Klay Thompson right now are that he looks good.
… There’s a lot of optimism that Klay will be BACK by the end of the season.”
—@windhorstESPN pic.twitter.com931n0WqdIK —@windhorstESPN pic.twitter.com931n0WqdIK —@windhors
— November 9, 2021, NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA)
As a result, whenever Thompson notices a slight against the Warriors, he files it away.
As he told Howard Beck of Sports Illustrated:
I hope people continue to doubt us.
I heard on the news the other day that the Warriors aren’t contenders because of their soft schedule.
We have the MVP, a defensive player of the year, buddy.
Disrespect like this irritates me.
We have so many champions, guys who have done it under the most extreme conditions, and you’re still doubting our ability?
But who cares.
Talking heads are paid to do just that.
Warriors Have Impressed Despite Thompson’s Absence
Of course, the Warriors are waiting for Thompson’s return to see just how good they can be.
And that could be a frightening prospect for the rest of the league, because the team has already proven to be extremely talented on both sides of the ball.
The Warriors currently hold the No. 1 spot.
At 112.0 points per 100 possessions, it is the NBA’s No. 3 offense.
They hold the No. 1 position.
With 99.3 points per 100 possessions allowed, the defense is the best in the league.
With a net rating of 12.7, they are far and away the best team in the league…
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