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Mychal Thompson: Klay has 'no reason to leave' Warriors in free agency

Mychal Thompson: Klay has 'no reason to leave' Warriors in free agency

A night after watching his son torch the Lakers for 44 points and 10 3-pointers, Mychal Thompson reiterated his stance: Klay isn't going anywhere.

Appearing on 95.7 The Game on Tuesday, Mychal was asked how he expects the contract talks to go between Klay and the Warriors this summer.

"It's not up to Klay," Mychal told hosts Greg Papa and Bonta Hill. "If the Warriors want him, July 1, 12:01 a.m. [GM] Bob Myers, [owner] Joe Lacob, [owner] Peter Guber, [assistant GM] Kirk Lacob, they should be on the phone with Klay or knocking on his door, 'Here's the paper, sign up, son.'"

Klay is set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season concludes. He's in the final year of a four-year, $68.9 million contract.

"It's up to them," Mychal continued. "Klay is not looking to leave. He loves playing in the Bay Area. He loves playing for Warriors fans. He loves playing for the Warriors. Klay has said it himself. He's in a situation that every player looks to be in, so why would he want to leave?"

Rumors have swirled that Klay might head home to Los Angeles and team up with LeBron James on the Lakers. Mychal poured cold water on the idea of Klay leaving his current teammates.

“He’s in a perfect situation," Mychal said. "He’s playing with the perfect partner right now in Steph Curry. You aren't going to find a better partner than that to play with, and to be successful with. And Kevin Durant, Draymond [Green], the whole crew up there. He loves being around Andre [Iguodala] and Shaun Livingston.

“And, like I said, people think I’m exaggerating, he is in the perfect situation. You can’t ask for anything better than what the Warriors have now and going forward. So, there’s no reason to leave.”

This isn't the first time Mychal has addressed his son's future with the Warriors. As recently as Dec. 20, the former Lakers star said Klay wasn't likely to leave Golden State.

In 47 games this season, Klay is averaging 22.1 points while grabbing a career-high 4.1 rebounds.

Warriors fans everywhere are hoping Klay is listening to his dad.

Draymond Green explains how he's able to elevate game in NBA playoffs

Draymond Green explains how he's able to elevate game in NBA playoffs

Programming note: Watch the NBA Finals pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday, May 30 at 4:00 p.m., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Draymond Green is almost always at his best when his best is required.

Therefore, the Warriors forward embodies "competitive greatness," which is at the very top of John Wooden's "Pyramid of Success."

"Over the course of my career, I've been able to elevate my level of play in the postseason -- whether that was NCAA Tournament or playoffs," Draymond told reporters after practice Thursday. "I don't know. I think some people kind of just have that. The stakes are bigger, and you're able to increase your level of focus; increase your intensity level.

"I'm blessed and thankful that I have that. I can't sit here and act like, 'it's just me and macho.' I think some people have that and some people don't. I think I'm just blessed to have that ability ... to be able to rise to that occasion."

If you don't believe this to be true, let's compare the three-time NBA champion's per-game numbers:

2014-15

  • Regular season: 11.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.3 blocks
  • Playoffs: 13.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.2 blocks
     

2015-16

  • Regular season: 14.0 points. 9.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.4 blocks
  • Playoffs: 15.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.8 blocks


2016-17

-Regular season: 10.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.4 blocks
-Playoffs: 13.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.6 blocks

2017-18

  • Regular season: 11.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.3 blocks
  • Playoffs: 10.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 8.1 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.5 blocks


2018-19

  • Regular season: 7.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.1 blocks
  • Playoffs: 13.6 points, 9.9 rebounds, 8.2 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.7 blocks


The majority of players get worse in the playoffs when things get harder. It's the opposite for Draymond.

The day before the Warriors completed the sweep of the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals, the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year said he views playoff games as "life or death."

Has that mentality always been there?

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"My third year [the 2014-15 NBA season], when I was a starter, it's been that way since," Draymond told reporters at the time. "That's just the way it feels to me. I remember the first time we won the Finals -- it was like somebody had a clamp on my lungs and I didn't breathe well for seven weeks. And then when we won, it was like, 'Wow. Someone just took the clamp and I could breathe again.'

"That's just how it's felt for me since I've been a starter and playing in the playoffs. And I try to keep that feeling because it means something. And I think it should mean something.

"Leave it all out there and if it don't work out, you can live with that. But I can't live with myself knowing that I didn't leave it all out there when it mattered most."

The Warriors are lucky to have Draymond Green.

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Matt Barnes believes Kevin Durant injury more serious than Warriors say

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Matt Barnes believes Kevin Durant injury more serious than Warriors say

Matt Barnes knows what it's like to suffer an injury as intricate as the one Kevin Durant is dealing with, and he also knows how the people surrounding him are handling it. 

"This is a serious injury that I think they tried to downplay," the retired NBA veteran said on "Undisputed" on Friday.

He said part of downplaying it is to keep the buzz off of KD in case there's a scenario where he misses the remainder of the playoffs.

Barnes also added he's had a similar injury in which it took a month to get back on the court. Mind you, Barnes, who was also dealing with a calf strain, said he had a small tear as well. , 

Barnes called it a "tricky injury," and something that does take a while to recover from -- so much so, he said he believes the players themselves are even preparing to be without Durant.

KD exited Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Rockets on May 9 with a strained right calf as the initial diagnosis.

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I spoke with Dr. Alexis Colvin, an orthopedic surgeon at The Mount Sinai Health System in New York City about Durant's injury. She hadn't looked at his MRI, but she did say, like Barnes, a lot of the time the rehabilitation process with these injuries you don't know until the impact is there. 

Tricky indeed.