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Klay Thompson’s father on son being unhappy with role: ‘It’s fake news’

Klay Thompson

If one thing became abundantly clear in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, it’s that Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson provides a whole heck of a lot more than just shooting.

Despite putting up a disastrous offensive performance (3-of-16 shooting), Thompson put on a clinic defensively. He dominated the likes of Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James on that end of the court throughout Golden State’s 113-91 blowout win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Even as his Warriors were in the midst of winning their 13th consecutive game to open the playoffs, social media was abuzz about Thompson’s role on the team.

That was magnified after fellow guard C.J. McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers threw out this hot take.

Sure Thompson is not one of the top-two options on the Warriors. Instead, that distinction goes to former MVPs Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, who combined for 66 points in the win.

None of this means that Thompson is somehow unhappy with his role on the Warriors. And in talking about that narrative, his father, Mychal, attempted to throw that whole idea out the window.

Thompson’s role as a lock-down defender throughout the playoffs has helped Golden State dominate its opponents. Including Thursday’s Game 1 victory, the Warriors are winning by an average of 17-plus points per game during the playoffs.

It’s led to Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue wondering aloud if this is the best team he has ever seen play (more on that here). It also led to the elder Thompson lobbing even more praise the Warriors’ way.

We have no idea if the Warriors are going to close out this series for their second NBA title in three years. What we do know is that Thompson remains under contract following the playoffs. The only way he will move on is if the Warriors trade him. That’s highly unlikely to happen.