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Why Mychal Thompson was nervous for Klay's first game vs. Kobe Bryant

Why Mychal Thompson was nervous for Klay's first game vs. Kobe Bryant

Klay Thompson is just about the most cool, calm, collected player in the NBA. He never gets rattled and he's never nervous.

But Klay's dad Mychal is a different story.

The elder Thompson posted a photo on Twitter on Monday from Klay's very first game against Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, and he revealed that he was nervous to watch his son face his idol.

Mychal said he was nervous because of the way Kobe treated rookies he faced. In that game, on Jan. 6, 2012, Bryant 39 points, seven assists and four rebounds in the Lakers' 97-90 win over the Warriors.

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Klay, in just his seventh career game, scored 14 points off the bench.

Born in Los Angeles, Klay grew up worshipping the late Bryant. Just this week, the Warriors star stopped by Staples Center to pay his respects to Bryant and his daughter Gigi, who died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.

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Based on the photo of Klay guarding Kobe eight years ago, it doesn't look like the 2011 No. 11 overall draft pick was nervous at all.

Mychal Thompson hilariously calls out Bomani Jones for Steph Curry take

Mychal Thompson hilariously calls out Bomani Jones for Steph Curry take

Bomani Jones does not believe Steph Curry is a bonafide superstar.

Mychal Thompson -- Klay Thompson's dad -- offered his thoughts on the matter Tuesday afternoon.

What's an "astromer" you ask? Not important. You get Mychal's point, and we certainly agree with him.

This whole topic started two weeks ago when Jones made a controversial statement on his podcast.

"This is my metric for (NBA) superstar -- do you have a chance to win a championship just because we got you?" he said. "We'll work the rest out, but if the first thing you tell me is that this guy plays for us, then we got a chance to do this ... 

"I feel like even with a healthy Stephen Curry, you gotta put some fairly specific things around him."

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This argument is very flawed, because every single superstar in NBA history has needed a strong supporting cast -- with role players who possess certain skillsets -- to have a "chance" at winning the title.

Steph simply has changed the way we look at potential championship rosters because in 2015 and 2016 he started doing things the league had never seen before.

On Monday afternoon, Jones pivoted to a different narrative to support his rationale for Steph's place in the NBA hierarchy.

"He's in that weird space on superstar. I am notoriously strict on who I call a superstar," Jones said on 95.7 The Game. "This doesn't have anything to do with Steph Curry. I'll name only three or four people in the league at a time as being superstars. I did JJ Redick's podcast and he made the point that if Steph doesn't get locked up by Kevin Love (in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals), am I saying the thing about him and his ability to get his own shot? Maybe.

"The more damning thing that happened in 2016, is the fact that when it was time to win a championship, the (Cleveland Cavaliers) were running ball screen, ball screen, ball screen until they got a 1-on-1 matchup with Steph Curry. And I don't know if there's ever been a player as good as Steph Curry where that would happen.

"And that's something that when we start thinking about who superstars have historically been -- larger players who can do everything, or be incredibly dominant centers ... in the eyes of many, (Steph) has a demerit on defense that is normally disqualifying for being legitimately seen as a great player -- even though he's a better defensive player than people give him credit for being."

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Ultimately, Jones is entitled to his opinion. And it doesn't sound like he is going to change his mind.

We just respectfully disagree.

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Why Mychal Thompson believes Warriors will regret no 'Last Dance' doc

Why Mychal Thompson believes Warriors will regret no 'Last Dance' doc

Mychal Thompson -- Klay Thompson's father -- wishes the Warriors would have allowed cameras to capture footage so a documentary like "The Last Dance" on the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls could be made years from now about the Dubs.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 1978 NBA Draft was a guest on KNBR's "Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks" on Monday afternoon, and had the following back-and-forth with Tom Tolbert near the very end of the conversation.

Thompson: "My only regret is -- don't you guys think the Warriors should have had one of these over the last five years?"

Tolbert: "They talked to Steve (Kerr) about it. Steve said absolutely not. He wouldn't have allowed it."

Thompson: "Why not? That's too bad. They're gonna regret that."

Tolbert: "He didn't want the intrusiveness of the cameras. And his thing was -- with the Bulls, it was kind of a special thing because everyone knew it was coming to an end. And he didn't want to have something that signified the end (with the Warriors) because he didn't know when the end was gonna be. And he certainly doesn't think the end is now. KD left, but he still thinks they have more of the window open than closed."

Thompson: "We're not doing it for him. We're doing it for us the fans!"

Tolbert: "I'll bring it up to him, Mychal, and see what he says."

Thompson: "Good. Let us know."

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It's entirely understandable why Thompson is disappointed. The Warriors dealt with a good amount of drama during their run to five straight NBA Finals, and a behind-the-scenes look would have been incredible.

At least Mychal has the ability to sit Klay down with a bottle of champagne and get all the stories, right?

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As for Kerr -- his rationale makes perfect sense. 

"The irony is that Phil Jackson was really adamant about the sanctity of the locker room," Kerr said last month on the Runnin' Plays Podcast. "Very few people were allowed in our locker room when I played there for five seasons.

"And then all of a sudden that last season it was, 'Hey guys, we're going to do this documentary and NBA entertainment's going to be here.' It was kind of like, wow, that was a shift in policy." 

The next time Kerr is a guest on KNBR, we'll let you know how he responds to Mychal's comments.

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