With the arrival of Kevin Durant in the Bay Area, the popular assumption is that Klay Thompson will have to make the biggest sacrifice to accommodate the former MVP.
Not so, claims the All-Star guard.
“I was sleeping,” Thompson said, “and my brother came to my room and woke me up to tell me that KD committed. I didn’t believe it at first when he told me, so I had to check my phone and verify it. I was like, ‘Seriously? KD really chose us?’ It was an incredible moment for our organization, and I was psyched. We had the final form of our team. […] And then I went back to sleep.”
When Thompson looks back on his visit to Durant in the Hamptons before Fourth of July weekend, a clear message resonated: Every championship roster has players sacrificing. Their individual games didn’t. […] “I feel kind of disrespected that people keep using the term sacrifice to describe me and describe us,” Thompson said. “We all want to see each other do well. But I’m not sacrificing [expletive], because my game isn’t changing. I’m still going to try to get buckets, hit shots, come off screens. I want to win and have a fun time every game we play. The NBA season can get mundane; 82 games are so long and there can be some boredom. Now, we can embrace being the hated team and getting everyone’s best, and adding some tension every night. It’ll be a fun experience going into arenas on the road, with opposing fans hating what we’ve built.”
“We want Klay to stay Klay,” Durant said. “We don’t want him to change. The games dictate where the shots come from. I may shoot 12 shots one night; Klay may shoot eight or nine shots one night, and Steph may shoot 25 shots one night. And it could be a different flow another night.”