Klay Thompson: 'I worked harder this summer because...'


Klay Thompson: 'I worked harder this summer because...'

Last season, Klay Thompson was an All-Star for the third straight year.

He had a fantastic season.

And after capturing his second title in three years, he didn't rest on his laurels this summer.

"I worked harder this summer because I know how many more teams are gunning for that title," Thompson said at Media Day last Friday. "Everyone wants to see the Warriors lose now. Which is fine. It's a great position to be in when you're probably the most hated team in the league ... we embrace it...

"These teams aren't just sitting back and waiting for something to happen. They're being active out there in the market, and you gotta respect that ... it's crazy -- the West just got stronger. But it will be fun.

"Like I said, teams aren't waiting for something to happen. They're not waiting to get lucky. They're doing something about it and we take notice. And that keeps us on the edge and it doesn't allow us to rest one bit."

The 27-year old averaged 22.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game last year, while shooting just under 47 percent from the field, 41.4 percent from deep and 85.3 percent from the free throw line.

"I can always be more efficient," Thompson said. "I know Steph and KD have hit the 50-40-90 mark so I'd like to join that club with them. That would be sweet."

In 2015-16, Steph Curry shot 50.4 percent overall, 45.4 percent from 3-point territory and 90.8 percent from the charity stripe.

In 2012-13, Kevin Durant shot 51 percent overall, 41.6 percent from 3-point territory and 90.5 percent from the charity stripe.

After practice on Monday, Thompson was asked about working on his off-the-dribble shot.

"I'm just trying to tighten my handle as much as I can. Play within tight spaces, because my catch-and-shoot ability will always be there," Thompson told reporters. "Trying to tighten up other parts of my game."

Thompson made over 43.3 percent (244-for-563) of his catch-and-shoot 3-pointers last year, compared to just 28.9 percent (24-for-83) of his pull-up treys.

The year prior, his splits were 44 percent (237-for-539) on catch-and-shoot 3s and 35.8 percent (38-for-106) on pull-up 3s.

In 2014-15: 46.5 percent (174-for-374) on catch-and-shoot and 39.9 percent (61-for-153) on pull-up.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Report: Gordon Hayward 'unlikely to return' this season


Report: Gordon Hayward 'unlikely to return' this season

Despite the severity of Gordon Hayward's injury, there was a small bit of hope that he might be able to return this season.

It appears that won't happen.

Hayward underwent surgery Wednesday night and is "unlikely to return this season," his agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN.

"We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form," Bartelstein told ESPN.

The Celtics' prized offseason acquisition suffered the terrifying ankle injury just five minutes into his Boston debut on Tuesday night. He was diagnosed with a dislocated left ankle and broken tibia.

After playing in Cleveland on Tuesday, the Celtics returned to Boston for their home opener on Wednesday against the Bucks. Prior to the game, a 30-second video message from Hayward to the fans was played in the arena.

“What’s up, everybody? Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who’s had me in their thoughts and prayers,” Hayward said. “I’m going to be all right. It’s hurting me that I can’t be there for the home opener. I want nothing more than to be with my teammates and walk out on that floor tonight. But I’ll be supporting you guys from here, and wishing you the best of luck. Kill it tonight.”

Steve Kerr: #FakeKlay 'perfect metaphor for our conditioning'

Steve Kerr: #FakeKlay 'perfect metaphor for our conditioning'

First, there was #ChinaKlay.

Now, there is #FakeKlay.

In case you missed it, a Klay Thompson lookalike was seated behind the Warriors bench during their season-opening loss to the Rockets on Tuesday. He had the full jersey, the facial hair and the cadence.

A day later, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about #FakeKlay and he used it as an opportunity to state that he felt his players were out of shape.

"I thought it was a perfect metaphor for our conditioning as a team," Kerr told the media in Oakland. "I turned around and was like 'Klay, did you have a few extra burgers last night? What happened?' That was great. I love that guy."

So Kerr is definitely a fan of #FakeKlay. No word yet if the real Klay has met #FakeKlay. We'll let you know if they do cross paths.