‘Young Motherf**kers’: Former NBA Champion Reveals His Experience of Playing With the Young Duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson

Published 10/06/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson celebrate after a Curry score in the third quarter during Game 7 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on Sunday, June 19, 2016 in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)


The chemistry between Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson does not just add to the Warriors’ offense. It also makes other players on the court feel like they are a crucial part of a working system.

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What makes the Splash Brothers truly stand out from another backcourt duo is their work ethic and their efficiency from beyond the arc. Hence, with their machine-like offensive output, they let the team focus on the creative side of the offense.

When they play, their goal is not to accomplish a personal goal, but to do what’s best for winning. Therefore, when either of them is on the verge of breaking the other’s records, they would always encourage the other. A former Warrior, Matt Barnes, explained how easy it was for him to fit into their offensive system.

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Barnes on playing with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson

On the latest episode of No Chill with Gilbert Arenas, Matt Barnes spoke about his time at the Warriors. While talking about his fit with the Splash Brothers, he said, “I’ve always been someone that knows my role on teams. I know why they brought me there, so it wasn’t really much. I kind of just had to learn their system and their system is really out of creativity.”

He further added, “Like the one thing they tell me is just always you know always try to screen down for Steph and Klay. You know what I mean? Always try to screen down for Steph and Klay. So that was with me you know being able to catch the ball in the middle, similar to kind of some of the stuff Draymond does. And being able to make plays out of that middle position and knock down shots. Like it was such a easy transition for me to fit on that team that uh it didn’t take me long to fit in.”

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Barnes on watching the growth of the Splash Brothers

Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson embrace after the Warriors’ 104 to 99 victory over the Houston Rockets. This victory came in game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Oracle Arena. Match held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Carlos Avila Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

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While talking about his awareness about their style of offense when he was at the Clippers, Barnes admitted to being in awe of it. Barnes admitted, “I knew like ‘yo this young motherf**kers are on the way, we got to get our sh*t together Blake and Chris.’ like these young motherf**kers know it’s going to be their time any day.

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Looks like Barnes rightly predicted the dominance of the Splash Brothers in the league. There’s a reason why experts often refer to them as potentially the best backcourt duo in the league’s history.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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