Warriors

Klay has clear goal for rest of run with Steph and Dray

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Klay Thompson, Steph Curry, Draymond Green

This season marks the 10th year Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will be teammates on the Warriors.

A decade is a long time in any context, but it's an especially impressive milestone in professional sports where it is becoming rare for star athletes to spend their entire career in one place.

To Thompson, who is preparing to return to the NBA after missing the last two full seasons, it's a notable achievement that he, Curry and Green have spent the last 10 years together. But he wants to make sure the Warriors triumvirate has more moments in the sun before their numbers are lifted to the Chase Center rafters.

"It's pretty cool," Thompson told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke at Warriors Media Day about playing with Curry and Green for 10 years. "It's rare to have continuity like that in pro sports, so I don't take it for granted. It inspires me to -- we got to get one more [championship], maybe two. We got to. Like the modern-day Spurs, you know? Manu [Ginóbili], Tony [Parker] and Tim [Duncan] played with each other their whole careers and I would like to do the same with Steph and Dray."

After five straight trips to the NBA Finals and three titles, the Warriors have missed the playoffs in each of the past two seasons.

With Thompson rehabbing his left ACL and Curry breaking his hand just four games into the 2019-20 season, the Warriors took the year to rest their battle-worn bodies and prepare for a dynastic rebirth. Thompson's torn right Achilles delayed the trio's grand re-entrance to the NBA stage another year.

 

But with Thompson expected to return before the end of the calendar year, and the Warriors improving their roster during the offseason, the expectation is for Golden State to be legitimate title contenders once the Dubs are whole.

The Warriors spent a year at the bottom of the NBA. Then, they scratched and clawed their way to the play-in tournament last season before being eliminated with back-to-back losses to the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies.

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All that happened with Thompson on the bench. The last time the Warriors' core was on the floor together, they were emptying the tank against Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals, doing everything in their power to hold on to the championship glory that had been theirs in three of the previous four seasons.

Two years away from the spotlight has dimmed the collective memory of how great Curry, Thompson and Green are when they are on the floor together.

But they are eager to remind everyone of their collective greatness.

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