NBA Analyst Lashes Out at the Lack of Support Shown to Warriors’ Klay Thompson

Published 08/13/2021, 11:12 PM EDT
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)


The Golden State Warriors truly lived up to their name during their glory days. They lived a golden era and played some of the most thunderous basketball that the NBA has seen. More than anything, the side built an unmatched sporting culture and style of play. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson led the side to multiple titles in the mid-2010s.

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Under the management of Steve Kerr, there was a period of time when the Warriors could not put a foot wrong. And Thompson was a key part of the structure.

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The indomitable force of Klay Thompson

Over the years, the Dubs nurtured Klay Thompson into the phenomenal player that he is today. Starting in 2011, the shooting guard’s numbers only grew with every passing season. Teaming up with Curry, fans nicknamed the duo the ‘Splash brothers’ for their impeccable scoring abilities. Unfortunately, Klay missed out on the last two seasons due to injury. But now, he is ready to go again.

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)

In his career, the 31-year-old has averaged nearly 20 points for Golden State.

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Technical perfection and stability are the hallmarks of the 5-time All-star, whose best season came in 2016-17. Now a senior player, Klay’s vision and capabilities make him an invaluable asset to the Warriors setup.

Stephen A. Smith ‘sick of’ Thompson’s haters

Despite being so talented, Klay Thompson, and the Warriors in general, continue to be one of the most criticized franchises. They treat their fans absolutely brilliantly; but also face their fair share of hate comments. Thompson, in particular, has faced a lot of slack over the years.

Despite him being so naturally gifted and hard-working, a certain section is always waiting to bring him down. His layoff has not helped his cause either, with many blaming the star for his side’s recent failures.

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Legendary commentator-analyst, Stephen A. Smith, has now hit back at the critics. Talking with 95.7 FM, Smith made a bold statement in Klay Thompson’s favor. “You’re talking about Klay Thompson,” said the ESPN analyst. He added, “I’m so sick of the lack of love this guy gets. This guy is one of the top five shooters in the history of basketball. You can’t find five shooters that you can definitively say is a better than Klay Thompson.”

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Smith’s remarks are definitely out there, but Klay’s numbers speak for themselves. As his return is just a matter of time now, the Warriors will hope that he can change their fortunes. What do you make of Stephen A. Smith’s comments? Will Klay Thompson help resurrect the Dub nation?

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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