Klay Thompson won't play the rest of the season, but he's still trying to help the Warriors.
Thompson watched Golden State in Phoenix on Saturday, cheering on his teammates from the sideline as the eight-man Warriors snapped an eight-game losing streak and beat the Suns. The 30-year-old told The Athletic's Anthony Slater he was able to watch his brother, Trayce Thompson, play in a spring training game in his bid to make the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Whether that was the sole reason for Thompson's trip, the three-time NBA champion played the role of motivational prankster before the Warriors' win. Thompson, Slater reported, wrote over a message on a TV in the visiting locker room welcoming back Warriors with Suns ties -- Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender, coach Steve Kerr and assistants Jarron Collins, Nick U'Ren and Bruce Fraser -- with a message of his own.
"They didn't want ya!!" Thompson's hastily scribbled note read.
It seemed to work. The Warriors gutted out a 115-99 win Saturday, with Bender and Chriss combining for 24 points and 18 rebounds. Golden State was plus-15 with Chriss on the floor and plus-8 when Bender played.
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Bender's 10-day contract is closer to its end than the beginning, but Saturday marked his best performance in a Golden State uniform. The No. 4 pick in the 2016 draft could sign another 10-day contract, but a more permanent stay in the Bay Area isn't guaranteed.
If Bender follows in Chriss' footsteps as the latest former Sun to become a Warriors success story, Thompson will have to write a different note for the Bosnian big man.
The 2020 PGA Championship from Harding Park was the first major of the season to be completed without fans, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the United States.
But among the select group of people in attendance for Sunday's final round was golf aficionado and Warriors star Steph Curry.
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Curry and the Warriors weren't one of the 22 NBA teams invited to the league's restart of the 2019-20 season in Orlando, as it has been a quiet offseason so far for Golden State.
Steph even joined the post-round press conference, asking the first question of Collin Morikawa, the Cal graduate who won the event by two shots.
"If you need a caddie for the next three months, I'm available."
Curry offered to caddie for Morikawa, who despite spending his college career in Berkeley, proudly exclaimed that he's not a Warriors fan (Morikawa is a Los Angeles native).
The Warriors star recently played in the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe, finishing fourth among the celebrity-laden field.
Sometimes you have to laugh off losing $50,000 ... right? Well, at least if you're Draymond Green.
That's exactly what the Warriors' star forward did Sunday on Twitter.
Green was fined $50,000 for violating the NBA's anti-tampering rules regarding comments he made about Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker on TNT's "Inside the NBA."
"It's great to see Book playing well and Phoenix playing well, but get my man out of Phoenix," Green told hosts Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley on "Inside the NBA." "It's not good for him. It's not good for his career. Sorry, Chuck. But they gotta get Book out of Phoenix.
"I need my man somewhere he can play great basketball all the time and win because he's that type of player."
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When Johnson asked if he was tampering, Green gave a one-word response.
"Maybe," Green said.
Clearly the NBA took Green's comments seriously. The same can't be said for how Green took his fine.
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