Klay Thompson’s Father Advices Steph Curry and His Son to Follow LeBron James’ Footsteps

Published 02/28/2021, 5:00 AM EST
DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 21: Klay Thompson (11) of the Golden State Warriors watches a replay as the Denver Nuggets look to close out during the second half of the Nuggets’ 100-98 win on Sunday, October 21, 2018. The Denver Nuggets hosted the Golden State Warriors at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


Klay Thompson is arguably one of the best shooters of this generation. The 31-year-old was a key player in the Warriors’ three championships, bailing them out with his crucial three-pointers.

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But for nearly two years, the electrifying shooter hasn’t played a single game due to injuries. In 2019, Thompson suffered from a terrible ACL tear in the finals and was sidelined for a year.

He was expected to be fully healthy for the 2020-21 season. But bad luck struck again as he suffered from an Achilles injury a month before the start of the season. The 31-year-old is now due to make his comeback for the next season.

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January 25, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) and guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrate against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Despite Klay enduring two horrible injuries, his father, Mychal Thompson, believes that the 31-year-old can play till he is 40. In an interview with NBC’s Kerith Burke, Thompson said, “I said, if you really want to, you can play till you’re 40 years of age, but the key to that is you have to take care of your body, as you go into your 30s,”

He explained why Klay could sustain his success. “Since [Klay doesn’t] play above the rim like Vince Carter or Russell Westbrook, he can shoot. And shooting stays with you forever,”

He added, “Like Lebron’s doing, you can extend your career out into your late 30s. And I expect Klay, and Steph and Draymond to do just that, and play at a very high level, in their mid-to-late 30s,”

The Warriors’ star might not have played in two years but is still a key component in their dressing room. He will be eager to make his comeback soon.

Can the Warriors win a championship once Klay Thompson makes his return?

The Dubs have a very different roster since Klay suffered from the two season-ending injuries. They now have a good defender in Andrew Wiggins and a decent two-way guard in Kelly Oubre Jr. as a supporting cast for Steph Curry.

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With an offense excessively dependent on Klay’s prolific three-point shooting, the Dubs are not a championship team by any means. If Klay returns fully fit, the Warriors will have a much more fluid offense and with Wiggins and Oubre Jr. as a supporting cast.

Jan 20, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) high fives Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23), guard-forward Kent Bazemore (26) and forward Kevon Looney (5) after scoring a three point basket and foul against the San Antonio Spurs during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Warriors can have a go at the championship with the current roster, but given the assets they have, they can bring in a superstar in a probable trade to form a big three.

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The Warriors have a promising young roster with three veterans in Klay Thompson, Steph Curry, and Draymond Green. Whether the Warriors will be willing to risk it all with a win-now trade or have a go at the championship with the existing roster remains to be seen. Regardless, once Klay returns, the Warriors will surely become a contender once again.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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