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Klay Thompson 'winged' his Washington State jersey retirement speech

Klay Thompson 'winged' his Washington State jersey retirement speech

PULLMAN, Wash. -- When Klay Thompson took the microphone for his jersey retirement ceremony at Washington State University, he spoke from the heart. No notecards, no wrinkled piece of paper. Just a smile on his face and the confident words of a man at ease, at home in Pullman.

“Hopefully I’m with the Warriors for the rest of my career, “ Klay exclaimed to a crowd of 10,380 at Beasley Coliseum, the largest crowd for a basketball game in the state of Washington since Klay’s junior year in 2011. “But I will always be a Coug.”

Klay got choked up twice -- when he mentioned his grandpa Jerry, who watched his games “sitting 12 rows up” until his death in 2017, and when he hugged his mother, Julie, after his No. 1 rose to the rafters. 

He’s a natural at public speaking, despite being reluctant to take the mic or be on camera in ordinary circumstances. 

“I winged it,” Klay said about his speech. “I knew Public Speaking 102 would come in handy.” He paused a beat and added, “I hated that class.”

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Check out some of the sights and sounds from Klay’s ceremony.

Warriors' Klay Thompson picks Giannis' Bucks to win 2020 NBA title

Warriors' Klay Thompson picks Giannis' Bucks to win 2020 NBA title

Warriors star shooting guard Klay Thompson let his NBA Finals prediction be known Wednesday afternoon.

Let's just say that his father, Mychal, won't be happy with what his son believes will come to fruition.

"I think it will be (Milwaukee) Bucks over (LA) Clippers in seven games," Klay told Brandon Williams, via Bleacher Report. "I think that would be a barn burner of a Finals."

So Klay doesn't have the Los Angeles Lakers -- the team his dad is the radio analyst for -- getting through the Western Conference playoff bracket.

It's unclear if the three-time NBA champion has the Lakers facing the Clippers in the West finals.

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Yours truly is on the same page with Klay when it comes to the final two teams standing, but it will be Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Clippers who capture the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

No offense to Giannis Antetokounmpo, but the Bucks don't have the starpower or the depth to outlast the Clippers.

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Then again, Klay clearly disagrees with that assessment.

Let the playoffs begin!

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What a Steph Curry contract extension with Warriors would look like

What a Steph Curry contract extension with Warriors would look like

Can you believe it already has been three years since Steph Curry signed his five-year contract extension with the Warriors worth just over $201 million?

It seems like yesterday he still was on the four-year, $44 million deal that was considered the most team-friendly in all of sports.

Time flies.

But anyways, since the two-time NBA MVP has just two years remaining on his current pact ($43 million next season and $45.8 million in 2021-22), he is eligible for an extension. So what are the theoretical particulars?

ESPN's Bobby Marks laid out the details Wednesday morning:

-- 2022-23: $48 million
-- 2023-24: $51.9 million
-- 2024-25: $55.7 million

First of all, these numbers could be subject to change due to the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Secondly, there has been no indication whatsoever that Steph's representatives and Golden State management are discussing an extension, or that it's something either side is exploring.

In fact, it's probably very safe to assume that it isn't on the radar at all. Marks simply acknowledged a deal -- by rule -- could be struck this offseason.

[RELATED: Trainer says Steph is 'as bouncy and energetic' as ever]

Right now, the Warriors are focused on the 2020 NBA Draft, free agency and exploring safety measures in the attempt to have fans at Chase Center next season. And for Steph, he is concentrating on dealing with "FOMO" from not playing inside the Orlando bubble.

In the end, it would be beyond stunning if the three-time NBA champion isn't playing for the Warriors when the 2022-23 campaign begins. So don't waste a second of your time stressing about Steph's future with the Dubs.

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