Draymond Green Empathizes With Klay Thompson’s Brutal Honesty on Warriors Role

Published 02/13/2024, 12:26 AM EST

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Draymond Green couldn’t be more proud of his close friend of 12 years than he is now. Talking to the media post-game, Green mentions how Klay’s quote from a Ringer article earlier was not just empty words. Thompson had said then that he was open to embracing a lesser role as he gets older.

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Given how the younger guys on the team, like Jonathan Kuminga and Brandin Podziemski, are becoming superstars in their own rights, Green says that he can see the 4x champion growing into that. “It’s big for this team,” he adds.

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And Dray should know what he’s talking about. After all, the explosive veteran has been on a journey of self-reflection and growth himself! The Ringer’s Logan Murdock surely seemed to have a real talk with the headliners of the Warriors. Everything they have said is facts we didn’t know we needed to hear.

Klay Thompson is one of the best three-point shooters in the league. But his ACL and Achilles surgeries, among other things, haven’t been the easiest to deal with. Add in the fact that he’s seen frequent bench roles of late is a tough pill to swallow. He had said just how hard it was to see himself in that position.

Watching from the bench and analyzing his own performances, and more importantly, his future, has helped shift his perspective. Although he might have dodged a bullet in the trade deadline, there’s still the free agency and off-season trade coming up. Seeing as how he turned down a multiyear extension last summer, Thompson is hoping he can finish his basketball career with the guys he started out with.

And it seems they are also in complete agreement.

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The Dubs are more than just a basketball team. The group of Stephen Curry, Green, Thompson, and Steve Kerr have proven time and again just why they work together. Yes, it’s true that this isn’t the Warriors that was when Steph or the other guys were drafted. The younger guys like Kuminga and Podziemski are all showcasing just how equipped they are to carry the legacy on.

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And yet, the tale of the aforementioned group has not come to an end. “This is a story that’s still kind of unfolding, and it’s important that we see it all the way through until it’s proven that we can’t win,” Curry said, leaving little room for argument. Kerr has admitted his wish to continue his tenure. The front office has likewise acknowledged Kerr’s wishes. And the same can be said of both Dray and Steph.

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Despite Dray’s act-before-think antics, Wiggins‘ underwhelming season, Klay’s inconsistent production, Kuminga‘s frustration with Coach Kerr, Deki’s death, and Curry having to carry the heavier end of the deal; despite it all, the veteran core still believes they have enough juice in them to take them on a final run before taking a backseat.

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And if that means Klay Thompson has to relinquish some of his court time or step away from the spotlight, he’s more than happy to do so. What do you think of Klay’s stand? Are the Warriors finally on the right path? Let us know your thoughts!

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