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Klay Thompson explains love for Oregon, shares Michael Jordan memory

Klay Thompson explains love for Oregon, shares Michael Jordan memory

Despite facing the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals, Klay Thompson remains an Oregonian at heart.

The Warriors shooting guard grew up in Lake Oswego, Ore., before moving to California when he was 14. He went to college at Washington State University and is a Pacific Northwest guy through and through.

During his media availability Wednesday, Thompson went long on his appreciation for the nature in Oregon and his favorite swimming spots in The Beaver State.

Never change, Klay.

The three-time NBA champion also told a story of the time he met Michael Jordan while attending a Blazers game in 1998.

Rasheed Wallace isn't a bad pick for favorite Blazer. I personally would have gone with Bonzi Wells, but you can't go wrong with Sheed.

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Klay will at least get two games in Oregon during the series when the Warriors and Blazers play Games 3 and 4 at the Moda Center on Saturday and Monday.

With the way the Warriors played during their Game 1 win, the series might not make it back to Portland for Game 6. So, Klay will have to wait until the summer to go enjoy the nature in the PNW.

NBA free agency 2019: Ten shooters who can help Warriors next season

NBA free agency 2019: Ten shooters who can help Warriors next season

Immediately after the Warriors dispatched the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Stephen Curry called Toronto's strategy 'janky" after the Raptors used a box-and-one to corral the star.

Now, weeks later - with free agents Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant out for the majority of next season if not gone forever- the Warriors will need to fill out roster space with shooters to combat the 'janky' strategy. However, with Golden State deep in the luxury tax, the team only will be able to sign players via the midlevel exception and minimum contracts.

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Warriors announce 2019 NBA Summer League roster, broadcast schedule

Warriors announce 2019 NBA Summer League roster, broadcast schedule

The Warriors announced their roster and broadcast schedule for the 2019 NBA Summer League in Sacramento and Las Vegas.

They will play in the California Classic in Sacramento:

-July 1 vs the Kings at 8 p.m.
-July 2 vs the Lakers at 6 p.m.
-July 3 vs the Heat at 12 p.m.

And then in Las Vegas:

-July 5 vs the Hornets at 6 p.m.
-July 6 vs the Raptors at 9 p.m.
-July 8 vs the Lakers at 8:30 p.m. (on NBC Sports Bay Area)
-July 10 vs the Nuggets at 8:30 p.m.

The roster includes 2018 first-round pick Jacob Evans and 2019 draft picks Jordan Poole, Alen Smailagic and Eric Paschall.

Additionally, big man Damian Jones -- the No. 30 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft -- will suit up in Sacramento only.

Jones sustained a torn pectoral muscle on Dec. 1 and didn't return until the Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Jimmer Fredette -- the No. 10 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft (Klay Thompson went No. 11) -- will take the floor for the Dubs.

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The 30-year-old played in China the past three seasons before finishing the 2018-19 campaign with the Phoenix Suns.

The full roster:

NO

PLAYER

POS

HT

WT

BORN

PRIOR TO NBA/FROM

NBA EXP.

00

Ky Bowman

G

6-1

188

6/16/97

Boston College/USA

R

40

Malik Dunbar

F

6-6

230

1/27/96

Auburn/USA

R

10

Jacob Evans III

G

6-6

210

6/18/97

Cincinnati/USA

R

33

Jimmer Fredette

G

6-2

195

2/25/89

Brigham Young University/USA

6

15

Ebuka Izundu

C

6-10

232

6/28/96

Miami/Nigeria

R

25

Damian Jones*

C

7-0

245

6/30/95

Vanderbilt/USA

2

18

Dedric Lawson

C-F

6-9

235

10/1/97

Kansas/USA

R

19

Kevin McClain

G

6-3

190

10/21/96

Belmont/USA

R

7

Eric Paschall

F

6-9

255

11/4/96

Villanova/USA

R

3

Jordan Poole

G

6-5

195

6/19/99

Michigan/USA

R

31

Davon Reed

F-G

6-5

208

6/11/95

Miami/USA

2

22

Malachi Richardson

F-G

6-6

205

1/5/96

Syracuse/USA

3

44

Brandon Sampson

G

6-5

184

5/1/97

LSU/USA

1

6

Alen Smailagic

C-F

6-10

215

8/18/00

Santa Cruz Warriors (G League)/Serbia

R

8

Juan Toscano-Anderson

F

6-6

209

3/10/93

Marquette/USA

R

20

Travis Wear

F

6-10

230

9/21/90

UCLA/USA

2


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