Klay Thompson Was Compared to This Monstrous Serial Killer in Warriors Locker Room

Published 08/23/2021, 12:55 PM EDT
Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson embrace after the Warriors� 104 to 99 victory over the Houston Rockets in game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Carlos Avila Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)


The game of basketball has evolved into an era of shooting supremacy. Being a great shooter adds a big boost on to any player. However, some are in a league of their own, especially Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.

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The splash brothers are a big part in the revolution of shooting, and their supremacy as a duo is still unmatched. Both these sharpshooters have made their marks on the game of basketball, but it hasn’t been an easy journey for either of them.

In an interview with The Athletic, former teammates of Klay spoke about his mindset.

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Klay Thompson participates in a Golden State Warriors practice at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 before Thursday’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. (Photo by Paul Chinn/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)
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Klay Thompson was never fazed

Assistant coach Jerry DeGregorio spoke about how Klay would face all the heat that came to him. Reflecting upon the latter’s rookie year, Jerry spoke about how Thompson was taking too many shots and not passing the ball, so much so that Monta Ellis called him out for it.

In the next timeout, Ellis ripped into the then-rookie for hogging the ball. But nothing fazed Klay; the five-time All-Star drained a three in the next offensive possession, proving he has ice in his veins. He never flinched and just kept going, which earned him a comparison to the fictional serial killer, Dexter Morgan.

Golden State Warriors Draymond Green and Klay Thompson react to a call in the second quarter during game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena on Sunday, April 28, 2019 in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Carlos Avila Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

DeGregorio said, “I remember our interns used to call him Dexter, you know, the serial killer. He was unflappable.”

This goes to show the tough character behind Klay Thompson; he is not afraid of criticism and doesn’t hesitate in it either. Now a three-time NBA champion, he has solidified himself as one of the best shooters in NBA history.

Golden State Warriors players Draymond Green (23), Kevin Durant (35), and Klay Thompson are photographed with their Olympic gold medals during media day on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)

Who is Monta Ellis?

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Ellis may be one of the best second-round picks to grace the NBA. The Warriors drafted him with the 4oth pick in the draft and he made an instant impact. However, his career took a major downfall due to injuries.

Before the splash brothers, Monta reigned over the Warriors. He earned the Most Improved honors in his sophomore year, averaging 16 points, four assists, and almost two steals per game; the ‘Mississippi Bullet’ was a scoring machine in his prime.

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When Curry entered the league, Ellis put up 25 points, 5 assist and 2 steals per game. However, despite his great performances, he never made an All-NBA or All-Star team in his career. His last season in the NBA was with Indiana in 2017. Now, he sits happily retired, taking up coaching in Mississippi.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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