“We know you should have been on that damn NBA 75 team of all time, it’s a travesty”

Klay Thompson’s return to the Golden State Warriors roster after a two-year absence due to injury wasn’t as shocking as expected. While it’s clear the two-way fullback is desperate to announce his return, TV personality Stephen A. Smith has offered the Warriors fullback some advice.

Since the 2019 NBA Finals, Klay has been sidelined with multiple injuries and hasn’t played in a game in the 2019-20 or 2020-21 seasons. After missing nearly 40 games this season, he made his Chase Center debut on January 9.

Although Klay has yet to fully return to the level of play he was at before the injury, he has been a great addition to the Warriors. Speaking on the latest episode of ESPN’s First Take, Stephen A. explained how the Warriors needed Stephen Curry to defeat the Nuggets in the first round, while pointing out a flaw he noticed with the return of Thompson.

“I wasn’t happy with what I saw from Klay Thompson. He’s averaging 20 (points), 42% from the field, 38% from three-point range. I’ve seen him shoot in a way that I haven’t. I’ve never seen him take them before.”

“I’ve seen him fail to make that extra pass he used to do, accepting his third wheel role in the past. I’ve seen him lack character at times and I know why. Klay Thompson thinks that he has something to prove.”

The analyst, after praising Klay and listing some of his greatest accomplishments, continued:

“Klay Thompson, you have nothing to prove to anyone. We know you should have been on that fucking NBA 75 team of all time, it’s a travesty that Klay Thompson wasn’t on that team “But what you did was when you came back. Even though you had some really good games, there were too many games where Klay Thompson played like he had something to prove.”

Stephen A. has never hidden his enthusiasm for Thompson’s return. His presence influenced Smith’s decision, causing him to choose the Warriors again and again as the team that would win the championship. Either way, he thinks Klay needs to focus more on team basketball and the Warriors need to be healthy to make a splash in the playoffs.

Klay Thompson will play key role in Golden State Warriors championship aspirations

Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors and Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors and Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors

The Warriors dominated the NBA Finals from 2014 to 2019. However, in Thompson’s absence, they failed to qualify for the playoffs for two consecutive seasons.

Despite a brilliant start to the season without Thompson (30-8), winning the championship without the 32-year-old might be a tougher task. With the Splash Brothers reuniting, the team is a bigger threat offensively.

Klay Thompson, in his last 11 games: 27.3 points46% fg42% 3pt5.2 made 3.9 reb2.5 ast

Steph did a great job carrying the team early in the season, setting an all-time record three-pointers down the line. Opposition defenses will surely have a lot more problems against the two sniper perimeter shooters. Although Klay was slow to find his shot, he knocked down more shots from the perimeter.

The Warriors will face Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs. While the Warriors can imagine their chances with Klay, Steph’s return to the roster is imperative if the Warriors are to advance to the next round.

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