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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.

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"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!

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Charles Barkley leaves Steph Curry off his list of top five NBA players

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Charles Barkley leaves Steph Curry off his list of top five NBA players

Surprise, surprise. Charles Barkley overlooked Steph Curry.

Again.

Yes, the same man who said a jump-shooting team could never win an NBA championship, the same man who predicted the Trail Blazers would represent the Western Conference in the 2019 NBA Finals (that one's still up in the air), drew the ire of many basketball fans Monday night when he listed his top five players currently in the NBA ...

... and left Curry off it.

His list?

Now, to be fair, it'd be tough to leave any of those guys off the list. But perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise that he ignored Curry, the most diminutive -- physically, at least -- of the bunch.

Not that it matters, really. This isn't close to the craziest claim Chuck has ever made, and if you're expecting him to stop, well, don't hold your breath.

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Curry's next opportunity to prove Barkley wrong comes Wednesday when the Warriors attempt to close out the Clippers in Game 5.

Skip Bayless rips 'sour' Kevin Durant over comments about media attention

Skip Bayless rips 'sour' Kevin Durant over comments about media attention

Kevin Durant has the opportunity to become a free agent this summer, and if he hits the free agent market, he wants to be able to craft his own narrative.

The Warriors forward has been irritated with the media at various points this season, and he told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock that the media's constant attention on his upcoming free agency has irked him because, at the end of the day, it's his life and his story to tell. 

“That’s a hot topic,” Durant said of his free agency. “But you don’t have to talk about it. And then you don't have to get mad when I don’t want to talk about it. And then you don’t have to get mad when your little brain is roaming around, but you can’t find the correct answers. That’s bad journalism. That's not doing your job well.”

The two-time NBA Finals MVP also said he believes media is upset with the players who choose to tell their own story through various platforms rather than going through them.

Durant's comments were a hot topic across the sports world Tuesday, and they didn't sit particularly well with FOX Sports 1's Skip Bayless or Shannon Sharpe who went at Durant on "Undisputed," calling the Warriors star "uninteresting" and claiming no one would notice if he were out for the playoffs.

"So, Kevin says, 'They need me,'" Bayless said. "No. Seriously, we don't. Do we need LeBron (James)? Yeah, I'm going to give you LeBron because trust me on this Kevin Durant, LeBron James is 100 times more interesting than you are. I don't know what it is about LeBron James, born on Dec. 30, 1984, he and Tiger Woods have this in common. There's a forcefield that revolves around both of them and I can't explain it because it's inexplicable. But stuff just keeps happening to both of them that is highly interesting. On a nightly basis, there's a subplot of every LeBron James game and I miss him greatly. If Kevin Durant were out for the playoffs nobody would really care -- I know he's been out for the playoffs and nobody cared. Life goes on.

"The only thing interesting about Kevin off the court is, on a daily basis, what is he mad about today? What little unimportant thing is he mad about now and why? That's all that's interesting about him because he always seems so sour. It's always downbeat with him."

Sharpe then went at Durant for his condescending tone in the interview.

"Skip, the thing with me is the talking down," Sharpe said. "I mean, now Kevin Durant wants to be a Nobel Laureate. He wants to make people feel that he's so much smarter than you, that your brain is so small, you can't even begin to possibly imagine what's going on in my world with what I'm thinking about and what I'm feeling. I don't like the condescending tone."

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Durant's irritation with the media's questions has been somewhat puzzling. By signing a two-year contract with an opt-out after the first year, Durant left the door open for his exit. As a two-time NBA Finals MVP, it's only natural the media would be interested in whether Durant will decide to stay or leave.

Also, the questions Durant has faced are no different than the volume of questions faced by any other marquee star before they head into free agency. While there has been an excessive number of rumors swirling around Durant, it's the same situation faced by James prior to last offseason. It's the same thing that Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard have faced this season before they hit free agency. 

As the Warriors continue their march to a third straight title, the future of the dynasty will continue to be a topic of conversation with Durant's future in doubt. That's just the way it is.