Klay Thompson’s Absurd Celebration After 2017 Championship Win Will Make You Laugh

Published 08/24/2021, 11:46 AM EDT
Klay Thompson smiles he listens to a reporters question during a media availability session as the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors practiced before Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Sunday, June 9, 2019. The Raptors lead the series 3-1 (Photo by Carlos Avila Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)


Golden State Warriors star guard Klay Thompson is reportedly making a comeback in the 2021-22 season. While the Dubs are awaiting his presence on the court, a few of his former teammates including Matt Barnes reminisced interesting stories of the 5-time All-Star.

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Two years back during Game 6 of the NBA Finals between Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, Klay Thompson suffered an ACL injury. Since then one of the Splash brothers hasn’t been in action.

Matt Barnes, a former GSW player, shared the court with Klay Thompson in 2017 when they won the NBA title. While it was Matt’s first and only career ring after 14 seasons, Klay was heading for his third one in 2018.

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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)

Teammates display affinity towards Klay Thompson

Klay has been an ever-lovable teammate and player throughout his time in the league. Matt Barnes and several current and ex-Warriors talked about Klay with affinity. His at-ease demeanor is what attracts many towards the 3-time NBA champion and that’s even evident on his social media accounts.

In conversation with ‘The Athletic‘, Matt Barnes narrated one peculiar instance about Thompson. “We (Warriors) had just won the Western Conference Finals. Everyone was enjoying everything, talking and eating and having a drink. And here’s Klay with two 9-year-olds at his locker, teaching them how to make paper airplanes and flying them across the locker room.”

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Golden State Warriors fans are awaiting Thompson’s return

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After Klay’s unfortunate injury, Golden State hasn’t won a championship ever since. Last year, their season ended early on in the Play-in tournament despite Stephen Curry displaying a season of brilliance.

The last time Klay was up and running in 2019, he averaged 20.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in the playoff season. An Achilles injury against the Raptors led to a long break for Klay Thompson. But he has been showing signs of recovery since last year. He was spotted making shots during game breaks and other training sessions that eventually came as a breather for GSW fans.

Klay is expected to return to the league on the Christmas day match against the Los Angeles Lakers. This is the moment that the Dubs nation has been waiting for for a long time.

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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