Klay Thompson Recollects Kobe Bryant in Emotional Post About Playing at the Madison Square Garden

Published 02/23/2021, 12:30 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)


The Golden State Warriors face the New York Knicks tomorrow night. While he may not be playing with the team, injured star Klay Thompson has attended almost every game he could and has also arrived at the Madison Square Garden along with the team.

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Once he got there, Thompson got a bit emotional and posted on Instagram about how he missed playing at the Garden, and that he was eagerly waiting to return and play here.

Klay wrote, “I love the Garden. The history of the greatest sports woman/men & entertainers who have performed here is incredible. Kobe’s 61 is the first thing that comes to my mind. Can’t wait to get back here and make it rain.”

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Not only did Klay acknowledge the history of this legendary arena but also an incredible performance by his idol Kobe Bryant. Kobe had a monster 61 point game, which is tied for the most points by a visiting opponent at the MSG. It is one of the best displays the Garden has ever seen, and fans still remember that iconic performance.

When Klay Thompson made it rain at the MSG

Thompson has made a few appearances against the Knicks at the MSG, but his best performance came in the 2015-16 season. The Knicks started the game well and were playing some tough defense. They had a seven-point lead by the second quarter, and the Warriors had work to do.

And then Klay took over. He punished the Knicks with his clever cuts and caught them off-guard. He also showed off some incredible off-ball movement and didn’t let the Knicks rest for a moment. Thompson finished with 34 points, while shooting an insane 14-18 from the field.

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Surprisingly, Klay only took six threes, but buried five of those attempts. During that game, he scored via cuts more and displayed some skillful finishing as well, an underrated aspect of his game.

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

Thompson may not be able to play tomorrow, but he will definitely reminisce about that 2015-16 game and will hope that he can recreate such performances soon.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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