Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson shared pictures from his high school days of attending Kobe Bryant Nike skills academy along with Stephen Curry. While sharing the pictures on Instagram, Thompson wrote in the caption it was one of the greatest experiences in his life.
“One of the greatest experiences of my life was being able to participate in the goats skills academy back in HS. I was so star struck the whole time and couldn’t believe I was on the same hardwood as Bean,” the caption read.
He also shared the list of a few other players that were in the camp along with him. Interestingly, there were a few players who currently play in the NBA. Most notably, Thompson’s teammate and one of the splash brothers, Stephen Curry. It also includes San Antonio Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan and New Orleans Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday.
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#TBT One of the greatest experiences of my life was being able to participate in the goats 🐐 skills academy back in HS. I was so star struck the whole time and couldn’t believe I was on the same hardwood as Bean.
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Thompson went to the Santa Margarita Catholic High School in California. He had already started setting a few records with his three-point shooting. He set the state finals record scoring seven three-pointers in a game while playing the state championship. It would be this trait of Thompson that the Golden State Warriors would use to build a great team with him and Stephen Curry.
Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry: The splash brothers
Thomson joined the Warriors side that already had Curry in 2011 as their first-round pick. The Warriors started to build a team that would revolve around their three=point shooting. The “Splash Brothers,” as people call them, are one of the most prolific pairs in the NBA. They set the record for the most number of combined three-pointers making 484 in 2014- earning the nickname “Splash brothers.”
Check out this (crumpled) roster I found from 2007 and the first Nike Kobe Skills Academy—and how many of those kids, including little-hyped @StephenCurry30, are now deep into their NBA careers. #Ko8be24 pic.twitter.com/7L4M3i0KrW
— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) December 18, 2017
The team would then start an incredible run of making it to five consecutive Finals in the NBA winning three of them. The Warriors, however, had a disappointing 2019/20 season, after changes in their rosters and injuries. Thompson has remained out of action since his injury last summer. Prior to the league’s suspension, the Warriors were at the bottom of the Western Conference with the worst record in the NBA.