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How Klay Thompson's high school coach kept him humble, prepped for NBA

How Klay Thompson's high school coach kept him humble, prepped for NBA

Editor's note: The 2019 Coaching Corps Game Changer Awards airs Sunday at 7 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Bay Area.

When Jerry DeBusk, then the boys basketball coach at Santa Margarita High School, found out Mychal Thompson's family was moving from Oregon to Orange County, he jokingly said he tried to do a backflip out of joy. 

And then he placed Klay Thompson -- who years later became a first-round pick in the NBA draft, then an All-Star and a champion -- on the freshman basketball team.

DeBusk treated Klay, along with his brothers Mychel and Trayce, the same as everyone else, and the Warriors star knows he wouldn't be the player he is now without his high school coach. 

"I remember my junior year thinking I'm hot stuff coming off the AAU circuit," Thompson said Wednesday when he honored DeBusk at the 2019 Coaching Corps Game Changer Awards. "I come back to Santa Margarita, and he has us doing jump stops and passing drills and all the most basic stuff you do at YMCA camp. I'm like, 'C'mon Coach, I just wanna hoop.'

"Six years later, I'm playing for Steve Kerr and we're doing the same dang thing. So Coach actually knew something that I didn't. Coach DeBusk was on to something." 

Thompson is a three-time NBA champion. First, he was a state champion under DeBusk during his senior season. That same year, a parent had some suggestions for the coach, but it certainly wasn't Klay's father, who just happens to be a two-time champion himself.

"If every parent were like Mychal and Julie, what a peachy job that would be," DeBusk said. "I had a dad call me, and he said, 'I think we should have lunch. I want to talk to you about my son's playing time, and about the offense.' I said, 'Sir, if there's one guy I'm gonna sit down and talk basketball with, it's Mychal Thompson. It's not you.'

"And we were 17-1. The offense was going OK."

Thompson is known for firing 3-pointers from any distance, and nailing them most of the time. It all started, though, with fundamentals from the man who saw stardom in Klay's future. 

Andrew Bogut thanks Warriors, Oakland for welcoming him back to team

Andrew Bogut thanks Warriors, Oakland for welcoming him back to team

Andrew Bogut ended his first tenure as a Warrior with sour grapes. His second didn't end with a title like he hoped, though he's certainly thankful. 

The big man thanked the Warriors and the City of Oakland Monday for welcoming him back with open arms. 

Bogut, 34, signed with the Warriors for the rest of the 2019 season on March 6. The center was back in the Bay after last playing for Golden State in the 2015-16 season. 

He signed on with the Warriors after starring for the Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League in his native Australia. Bogut was named MVP of the league after averaging 11.4 points and 11.6 rebounds per game in 30 games. 

Bogut played 11 regular-season games for the Warriors this year, averaging 3.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. He appeared in 19 playoff games -- starting six of those -- and averaged 2.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game over 9.4 minutes per game. 

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The veteran former No. 1 overall pick from the 2005 NBA Draft is set to re-join the Sydney Kings for their upcoming season.

NBA mock draft: How Anthony Davis trade affects teams' first-round picks

NBA mock draft: How Anthony Davis trade affects teams' first-round picks

It’s draft time!

With the 2019 NBA Draft just days away, a slightly clearer picture has developed. The top three picks are close to a lock, but with the huge trade over the weekend between the Pelicans and Lakers, the draft board could get very interesting at the No. 4 pick.

Anthony Davis being traded to the Lakers changes the whole league, and yes, the draft as well.

Teams are wrapping up their last draft workouts early this week and then they’ll enter the war room phase of the offseason.

[RELATED: Warriors have intriguing options at pick No. 28]

There are a handful of teams with multiple picks and it should be an active evening as teams prep for what lies ahead this summer. 

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