After already visiting the NBA 75 selection committee and “2K” HQ, Klay Thompson’s Misery Tour is taking another step.
Speaking to reporters after Tuesday’s loss to the Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr revealed that Thompson had grown frustrated with the minutes restriction the team had imposed on him.
“Klay is frustrated that he can’t play more right now,” Kerr said, by Jason Dumas of Bleacher Report. “He would like his minutes to be increased.
“His minutes will remain the same [though]”, added Kerr. “He will be frustrated because he is Klay. But he will be fine. What I love about Klay is that he always comes back, even if he is frustrated in any way. He’s such a big-hearted human being that things turn around for him because that’s kind of how he makes the most of things.
Thompson has been held under 28 minutes in every game so far this season (playing a record 18 against Phoenix because he was ejected for a fight with Devin Booker). As a result, Thompson is really struggling to find his rhythm with 11.0 points per game on a dismal 35.6% from the field in four games (which would be a career low).
Although Thompson was able to manage 36.0 minutes per game in the playoffs last season, the Warriors are making the right decision here. Thompson turns 33 in a few months, has suffered multiple devastating injuries and is playing in October for the first time since 2018. While Thompson seems to be angry about a lot these days, Kerr seems confident that his unhappiness over the restriction minutes will eventually pass.