WATCH: Klay Thompson Takes a Massive Shot at the NBA During Warriors Game

Published 11/06/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
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)


NBA fans generally consider Klay Thompson as one of the best shooters in the league. The Golden State Warriors’ superstar forms a formidable trio alongside Steph Curry and Draymond Green. He started his NBA career with the Warriors in 2011. Since then, Thompson has won three NBA championships with the Warriors.

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An NBA panel chose the NBA 75th-anniversary team to commemorate the 75th-anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association. The panel left Thompson out from the team in a controversial move. This came as a surprise to many Warriors fans, including Thompson himself. He recently voiced his frustration at not being included in the legendary team. He conceded that his absence from the team fueled his ambition.

Thompson said, “Now, it’s time for me to get back on the court and prove ’em why I should be on that list. … I needed that fuel for the fire.

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Thompson recently injured his leg during a pickup game in November 2020, missing the 2020-21 season. He previously suffered an ACL tear in his left knee because of which he missed the 2019-2020 NBA season. Later, it was revealed that Thompson had successfully undergone ACL reconstruction.

The NBA 75th-anniversary team includes stars like Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Steph Curry, Kobe Bryant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and others. Current and former NBA players, coaches, WNBA legends, sportswriters, and others comprised the NBA panel. The complete list of stars shares 158 NBA championships in total amongst each other.

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The Warriors crush New Orleans Pelicans in Klay Thompson’s absence

The Golden State Warriors cruised to a dominating victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans succumbed to a helpless 85-126 drubbing against the Warriors. This result carries the Warriors record for the season up to 7-1 with only one loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Warriors were without Klay Thompson since his injury recovery process.

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)

Jordan Poole led the Warriors scoring 26 points, and Stephen Curry followed closely with 19 points. Jonas Valanciunas’ 20 points guided the Pelicans as they sorely miss an injured Zion Williamson since the start of the season. The Warriors will host the Houston Rockets next with the Pelicans, traveling to Dallas to face the Mavericks.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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