Golden State Warriors rib Klay Thompson over snub from NBA’s seventy fifth anniversary staff

The Golden State Warriors determined to poke just a little enjoyable at Klay Thompson in honor of him being left off the NBA’s seventy fifth anniversary staff.

Earlier than Saturday’s follow, a few of Thompson’s teammates hung a No. 77 jersey in his locker. Warriors ahead Draymond Inexperienced posted two brief movies on his Instagram tales of the jersey hanging in Thompson’s locker after which one other video of Thompson sporting the jersey whereas strolling across the Warriors’ weight room.

When prompted by Inexperienced to provide a message to the followers, Thompson, who posted a few occasions just lately on social media about how disillusioned he was to not be named to the listing, took the good-natured ribbing in stride.

“77!” Thompson mentioned. “Finest participant of all time, child!”

“Get the brand new jersey!” Warriors star Stephen Curry mentioned with fun. “New jersey alert!”

Thompson has missed the previous two seasons as he continues to recuperate from a torn left ACL suffered in Recreation 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals and a torn proper Achilles suffered on Nov. 18, 2020.

“I did not know what it meant at first,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr mentioned after follow. “After which anyone defined it. I assumed that was fairly, fairly humorous.”

Kerr thought it was a very good signal that Thompson was capable of joke round concerning the snub regardless of being disillusioned. The explanation the jersey was No. 77 and never No. 76 was as a result of the NBA introduced there was a tie within the voting, including an additional participant and making it a 76-player listing.

“You need to have humor with the whole lot,” Kerr mentioned. “His teammates clearly acquired that finished to have fun with him however I believe all these guys, they’re so aggressive by nature, they would not have made it this far in the event that they weren’t actually aggressive. And sooner or later guys latch onto issues to drive them. Klay has completed just about the whole lot. He is a multi-time champion, multi-time All-Star, one of many nice three-point shooters ever. He is already aggressive, but when that is what it takes to make him extra aggressive then we’ll take it.”

Kerr had an thought as to which one of many Warriors gamers might need been the brains behind the jersey operation.

“I am guessing Steph,” Kerr mentioned. “However I am unable to verify that. It is a guess.”

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