When Klay Thompson and Michael K. Williams Came Together for an Iconic Commercial

Published 09/07/2021, 9:45 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)


One of the most versatile actors in the country, Michael K. Williams recently passed away at age 54. The actor was found dead in his Brooklyn Penthouse apartment on Monday afternoon.

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Famous for his work on shows like ‘The Wire’ and ‘The Boardwalk Empire,’ he had also appeared in a commercial with NBA star Klay Thompson a few years back. A Kaiser Permanente TV commercial, it became a huge hit back in those days.

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Klay Thompson joins hands with Michael K. Williams

The coming together of both these influential personalities was a treat to watch.

Klay Thompson sits on the beach with a chessboard as ‘failure’ confronts him. Williams played the character ‘Failure’ in the commercial.

Despite winning three NBA titles, Thompson is confident that he achieved everything possible. But Failure thinks otherwise and speaks about success leading to doubts. After that, Klay moves his piece on the chessboard and reiterates that he still knows to conquer his failures. In the end, Kaiser Permanente comes up with a fantastic punchline.

“Train the mind, the body will follow.”

The chemistry between these two human beings was amazing. Michael K. Williams showed why he was the best in business with his intense looks, and Klay was his usual self. It’s a fitting tribute to this legendary actor in Williams.

Klay, on the other hand, can take lessons from this commercial.

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Can Klay shove failure down?

After his major injury back against the Toronto Raptors, Klay will return this season. The ACL injury was followed by an Achilles injury, which dampened the Warriors’ hopes to win a title. But he is back to prove his doubters wrong.

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Everything culminates into somewhat of a brilliant season in store for the player. The Thompson’s ability is never in doubt, but can he get back to his usual self?

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

The injury may have caused his body to lose that extra step. The lateral quickness and the ability to shoot off the dribble might be hampered, as well. However, in terms of catching the ball and shooting it through the basket, no one comes close to Klay Thompson; those skills just don’t fade away.

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With Stephen Curry amongst the ranks, the Warriors will look to have an incredible performance in the next NBA season.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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