Klay Thompson took a break from rehabbing his left knee to join NBC Sports Bay Area’s Warriors-Bulls game broadcast Wednesday night.
#ReporterKlay took Kerith Burke’s spot on the telecast during the second quarter, and he made his mark as only Klay can.
Here’s what we learned from Klay and about Klay in a memorable night at Chase Center:
He loves in-arena proposals: “More importantly, congratulations Mrs. Principessa. I love seeing those engagements here, it’s always special. Might have butchered your name. I’m sorry, but I tried.”
Was he separated from a Shark at birth? “Some might say this [bobblehead] looks like Evander Kane, but it’s really Klay Thompson. Similar athletes you know, just play with that ferocity."
He used to be a good ice skater: “That might not be contractually allowed by me, but I was in my past decent on the ice.”
He avoids officials’ ire, unlike teammate Draymond Green: “I don’t talk much. Comes in handy.”
He’s a big “The Last of the Mohicans” fan: “Daniel Day-Lewis, one of my favorite actors, but moving on …”
He uses his NBA-record 14 3-pointer game to needle his dad: “I think that’s double the amount of threes my pops shot in his career.” (Mychal hit 1 of 12 3-point attempts in his 12-year NBA career)
He also thought the Bulls fouled Eric Paschall on his monster dunk: “Can we get an and-one? Can we get an and-one? I know he’s a rookie, but sheesh.”
He could be coming for Kelenna Azubuike’s job as Warriors color commentator: “I’m like Tom Brady, you’re like Drew Bledsoe.”
He actually might want Kerith Burke’s reporter job, though: ”You better watch your back in 10 years when I’m done playing, man.”
More like 10 minutes. Klay took over Kerith’s postgame interview with Omari Spellman, made sure to ask the hard-hitting questions.
Klay takes over the postgame interview 🤣 pic.twitter.com/Fsqgpghu5b— NBCSAuthentic (@NBCSAuthentic) November 28, 2019
Klay Thompson TV analyst review:— Monte Poole (@MontePooleNBCS) November 28, 2019
A for passion. Clearly enjoyed it.
A for originality. Got no tips from his analyst father.
B+ for opinion. Did not like call on Draymond's T.
C for objectivity. (Not that it could be expected.)
Overall: A-minus. Pretty good for a rookie.
Thinking Klay owes it to the people to do at least one guest quarter for every Warriors homestand. https://t.co/ZyhXNTJT0V— Monte Poole (@MontePooleNBCS) November 28, 2019
You're welcome back any time, Klay.