Klay Thompson has spent his majority of his NBA career playing in the shadow of Stephen Curry.
However, it certainly hasn’t bothered Thompson in the slightest as he’s blossomed into one of the game’s most dangerous shooters. In a recent interview on the Mason and Ireland radio show in Los Angeles, Mychal Thompson, who is the father of Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, believes that his son won’t have a problem playing behind James because he’s done it throughout his tenure in the Bay Area.
“You are talking about guys for whom pecking order becomes really important,” Mychal said. “The perception of how people are going to look at you is important for these guys. If Klay came to L.A., which he should, then he knows he is going to slot in behind LeBron. But it is fine because he has done it before [for the Warriors], it is not a big deal.
“Kawhi is a top-five guy who is a Finals MVP. I know what the pitch is ‘you come here, you win another title and in two or three years LeBron is going to be 35 years old and you will transition and become the guy.’ But that doesn’t mean Kawhi wants to go through that. But on the other hand, he might love the idea of being in LeBron’s shadow. He doesn’t have to do anything.”
Mychal definitely has a valid point in the fact that Thompson may not mind playing behind James in Los Angeles. Thompson has spent his entire NBA career playing behind Curry and it hasn’t affected his production in the slightest.
Thompson is coming off a season in which he averaged 20.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.5 assists while shooting 44.0 percent. The Warriors sharpshooting guard has just as dangerous during Golden State’s postseason run as he averaged 19.6 points and shot 42.7 percent from long-range in the playoffs.
Thompson’s courtship will certainly be an interesting one due to the fact that his father played for the Lakers and won a pair of NBA titles with the franchise. It’s obvious in this interview that Mychal Thompson wants Klay to join the Lakers and help put the organization in title contention. However, the Warriors are fresh off of their second consecutive NBA title and the team has won three titles in four seasons.
One of the biggest factors could be if Thompson wants to continue playing second fiddle to Curry. While he’ll have to play in the shadow of James, the Lakers star forward may not be too far from retirement, so then the Lakers would likely become Thompson’s team. Thompson is set to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2018-19 season, so this year could definitely play a big role in what he decides to do when the summer rolls around.