Warriors

Klay Thompson's father channels Keyshawn Johnson when discussing son

Klay Thompson's father channels Keyshawn Johnson when discussing son

Mychal Thompson, Klay's father, routinely is a guest on Bay Area sports radio talk shows and delivers great soundbite after great soundbite.

On Friday morning, he did it again.

How impressed is the elder Thompson with how his son has become a model of consistency for the Warriors?

"I'm gonna take Keyshawn Johnson's tact," Mychal said on 95.7 The Game. "When I talk to Keyshawn and he talks about all these excellent athletes who perform at a high level. I say, 'Key, aren't you impressed?'

"And Keyshawn always goes, 'Noooooo. I expect him to do that because he's that good.' (laughing). That's what he always kind of says about any athlete who performs at a high level.

"So you kind of expect -- when you're an All-Star and an All-NBA type player -- this is what you're supposed to do. And I am proud that he's doing it and he's playing up to his status and showing his consistency."

The five-time All-Star has been absolutely sensational over his last 28 games. Since Dec. 29, the two-time All-NBA selection is averaging 24.7 points while shooting over 52 percent from the field and 48.3 percent from deep.

He also should be nearly a lock to get the first All-Defense nod of his career.

"He's embracing the challenge to go after this fourth championship; three in a row for the Warriors," Mychal added. "Klay is 29 now so he's putting everything together -- the mental part of the game, the physical part of the game -- he's just coming into his prime.

[REWINDMychal Thompson reveals detail about Klay's ankle injury: 'He showed me some Kobe toughness']

"Your best years in the NBA are from ages 28 to 34 because you still have your physical gifts and you have all the experiences to combine them with."

Speaking of "prime" -- everybody expects Klay to re-sign with Golden State this summer. And if he ends up returning on a five-year contract, he would turn 34 years old during the final season of the deal.

What a coincidence!

Follow @DrewShiller on Twitter and Instagram

NBA rumors: Cavs claiming former Warriors forward Alfonzo McKinnie

mckinniedefensewhitefacecavs.jpg
USATSI

NBA rumors: Cavs claiming former Warriors forward Alfonzo McKinnie

Programming Note: Get ready for the 2019-20 Warriors and Kings seasons with the NBA Tip-Off Show, streaming live on the MyTeams app at 1 p.m. PT on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Download MyTeams and tune in to the show by clicking here!

Alfonzo McKinnie found a new basketball home.

The Cavaliers are claiming the former Warriors forward, league sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

McKinnie -- who officially was waived by Golden State on Saturday afternoon -- will remain on a non-guaranteed contract with Cleveland.

The 27-year-old was vying to be the Dubs' starting small forward this season, but injuries in the frontcourt to Willie Cauley-Stein and Kevon Looney made him a roster casualty.

The Warriors play in Cleveland on Feb. 1 and host the Cavs on April 8.

Follow @DrewShiller on Twitter and Instagram

Kevin Durant says Steph Curry is better player than Russell Westbrook

currywestbrookap.jpg
AP

Kevin Durant says Steph Curry is better player than Russell Westbrook

Programming Note: Get ready for the 2019-20 Warriors and Kings seasons with the NBA Tip-Off Show, streaming live on the MyTeams app at 1 p.m. PT on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Download MyTeams and tune in to the show by clicking here!

Kevin Durant doesn't expect to play during the 2019-20 NBA season, but the day before it begins, he's commandeering the storylines.

The two-time Finals MVP joined Brooklyn in free agency this offseason after three eventful seasons with the Warriors, which included two league titles. He has been rehabbing since having surgery to repair a torn Achilles, and recently found time to visit with one of his former teammates -- Serge Ibaka -- who was guarding him when that injury occurred.

Durant was the guest for the premiere episode of Ibaka's show "How Hungry Are You?", in which the Congolese native gets his guests to try some unusual eats. The menu for Durant?

Snake.

No, seriously.

The culinary choice was actually Ibaka's way of showing support for his former teammate.

"I know a lot of people call my boy a snake. Today, he's about to eat snake," Ibaka said at the opening of the episode. "Cuz snake don't eat snake. You got it?"

Ibaka and Durant cover numerous topics throughout their conversation, including what would have happened in the 2019 NBA Finals if Durant hadn't torn his Achilles. But as far as making headlines, nothing is likely to compare to Durant's response to Ibaka's first question, which put him on the spot.

"Who is a better player: Stephen Curry or Russell Westbrook?"

Whoa boy.

"Stephen Curry," Durant responded after a long pause.

When asked why he felt that way, Durant responded, "Cuz he can shoot better."

Duh.

[RELATED: Steph preaches to D-Lo to 'be yourself' with the Warriors]

Well, there you have it. Case closed, right? Straight from the sn ... err .. horse's mouth.

I'm sure that'll go over well in Oklahoma City and Houston. No chance anyone overreacts.