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Klay Thompson, Rocco soak up attention in dog-themed shoe promotion

Klay Thompson, Rocco soak up attention in dog-themed shoe promotion

There are very few things better than Klay Thompson. When you throw puppies and shoes into the mix, even fewer things reign supreme. But that's exactly what we got Sunday. 

Thompson recently dropped his latest Rocco-themed signature shoe, the Anta KT5 Rocco. Rocco, his beloved bulldog, was shown off all across the shoe and the five-time All-Star made an appearance at the Warriors Shop at Chase Center to promote them.

The best part? Fans brought their dogs to celebrate, all while Rocco took in the attention.

"Spoiled-a-- dog," Thompson said.

And he was. Rocco was soaking up every ounce of it.

So were the other pups who appeared to be enjoying the event as well.

Rocco is one of the loves of Klay's life, so putting his face, along with some dog bones on the kicks, wasn't too much of a surprise. 

The two just recently starred in an ad to promote the shoe in China.

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Definitely a spoiled dog. 

Thompson more than likely has become closer to his BFF Rocco while rehabbing a torn left ACL, which will have Klay out for the remainder of the season. 

Klay Thompson to drop Rocco-themed signature shoe at Chase Center

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Klay Thompson to drop Rocco-themed signature shoe at Chase Center

Sneakerheads who miss out on the latest variant of Klay Thompson's signature shoe are in for a ruff Sunday morning. 

The Warriors star announced Saturday night he'd release a Rocco-themed version of the Anta KT5 at the Warriors Shop at Chase Center on Sunday at 10 a.m. 

It has been a big week for Rocco and Anta. Thompson's English bulldog starred in an ad for the Chinese shoe company with Thompson wearing shoes bearing the pup's likeness, and it closed with the tagline "Rocco Comes First."

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Rocco is a fixture in Thompson's life, staying by the guard's side as he rehabbed a torn left ACL. That injury will keep Thompson out for the duration of the NBA season, but the 30-year-old got a lot of shots up before the Warriors' win over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.

Thompson was one of 44 finalists USA Basketball will consider taking to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Rocco will be there if the three-time champion is, and perhaps he'll bring the shoes to Japan. 

Watch Klay Thompson rehab from torn ACL with 'help' of bulldog Rocco

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Watch Klay Thompson rehab from torn ACL with 'help' of bulldog Rocco

The last two summers have been dominated by "China Klay," but Klay Thompson's recovery after tearing his left ACL has given way to "Rehab Klay" this summer. 

And "Rehab Klay" is nothing without man's best friend. 

Lorne Jackson, a friend of the Warriors guard, posted video on his Instagram story Friday of Thompson rehabbing. His bulldog Rocco was in the middle of it all. 

Literally, as the dog lied down between Thompson's legs. 

After tearing his ACL in Game 6 of the Warriors' season-ending loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Thompson's bulldog has been a fixture in his rehab since undergoing surgery July 2. Thompson posted a picture of Rocco hanging out with him during his rehab earlier this month.

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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier this month that Thompson's recovery is expected to last a "standard" five to seven months. That should mean plenty more pictures of Rocco, who has become a social-media celebrity in his own right. 

It is really the Summer Of Rocco, and we're just living in it.