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Kerr hopes Klay finds motivation from NBA 75 Team snub

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Klay Thompson isn't getting over the fact that he wasn't named to the NBA's 75th Anniversary team.

The Warriors' star shooting guard first voiced his frustration when he wasn't named to the team after a three-day rollout. On Friday morning, he still hadn't gotten over the snub, again showing his anger on Instagram. Even on his Instagram Live, which usually is all fun and games, Thompson made it clear he isn't hearing the excuses for why he wasn't named to the team that consists of the 76 greatest players of all time -- there was a tie, which is why there's one extra player.

But Warriors coach Steve Kerr believes there's some good that can come from this. 

"You have to have humor with everything and his teammates obviously got that done to have a laugh with him," Kerr said Saturday to NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke. "But I think all these guys, they are so competitive by nature. They wouldn't have made it this far if they weren't really competitive and at some point, guys latch onto things to drive them.

"Klay's accomplished pretty much everything. He's a multi-time champion, a multi-time All-Star, one of the great 3-point shooters ever. He's already competitive but if that's what it takes to make him more competitive, then we'll take it."

 

Thompson's teammates, mainly Steph Curry and Draymond Green, had their fun by trolling Klay when he showed up to Chase Center and saw there was a No. 77 practice jersey in his locker.

To no surprise, Thompson went along with the joke by wearing the jersey while working out at the Warriors' facility and yelling out, "77th best player of all time, baby!"

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"I didn't know what it meant at first," Kerr said. "And then somebody explained it and I thought it was quite funny."

If there's two things we know about Thompson, it's that he's as competitive as they come and he's always in on the joke.

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