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Klay Thompson: Sometimes breakups are necessary to do what's right

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“Sometimes breakups are necessary to do what’s right. I’m not the first athlete in the NBA to go do this,” Klay Thompson said. “I grew up in Portland, so I remember when Scottie Pippen came to the Blazers, that was one of the best days of my life.”
Source: New York Times

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Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
The newest Mavericks: Klay Thompson, Naji Marshall and Quentin Grimes. pic.twitter.com/O7MZbKzzEu11:53 AM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Klay acknowledging both Jason Terry and Nick Van Exel but points to Reggie Miller and his style of play as a major reason why he’ll wear 31 for the Mavs. – 11:41 AM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Klay on his relationship with Luka: He texted me saying how excited he is & I relayed the feeling. I think there’s definitely a mutual respect there…He’s someone who’s not afraid of the moment & competes until the end. I think we’ll be able to bring the best out of each other. – 11:40 AM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Klay Thompson: “I don’t think you can stick to me as much as you could do in the past with guys like Luka and Kyrie out there. That was attractive to me.” – 11:32 AM
Evan Sidery @esidery
Klay Thompson officially speaks on why he left the Warriors for the Mavericks:
“Sometimes change can just spur greatness. A new change of scenery can do wonders. I’m very grateful for my time at Golden State, but I just felt like moving on could just reenergize me.”
Thompson pic.twitter.com/1cTAYLfMvh11:31 AM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
Klay Thompson:
“Not many guys get a chance to win a championship, or championships, at the end of their career.
“I think we’re set up for a great run.” – 11:26 AM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Klay Thompson: ‘I’m not into breaking more shooting records. I want to win, at this point.” – 11:25 AM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Klay Thompson details how surreal the moment is:
“It’s surreal, but I’m embracing it. The organization has shown me so much love…There’s such a great buzz around the city…I think we’re set up for a great run. The expectations are high, but you have to welcome that.” – 11:24 AM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Klay Thompson notes “I’m not the first athlete to do this.”
He recalls growing up in Portland, and when the Blazers acquired Scottie Pippen, “It was the biggest day of my life.”
At 34 he says he has a lot of good basketball left.
“You still can’t leave me open.” – 11:15 AM
Tim Cato @tim_cato
Klay: “you still can’t leave me open.” – 11:14 AM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Klay Thompson: “Kyrie and I are good friends…Guarding him was hell so it’s nice to be on this side of things.” – 11:14 AM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Klay Thompson on early impressions of Luka Doncic:
“Luka, even before he got in the NBA, you watch his Euroleague highlights and you’re like this 18-year-old is doing this to players in the NBA?” – 11:12 AM
Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Steph Curry shares thoughts on Klay Thompson leaving Warriors warriorswire.usatoday.com/2024/07/09/ste… pic.twitter.com/iG9As3fv5q11:05 AM

Tim Cato @tim_cato
there’s nothing complicated about how Klay Thompson will fit into the Dallas Mavericks offense. he just has to raise his hands. nytimes.com/athletic/56229…10:37 AM
Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Draymond Green: ‘nothing changes’ with Klay Thompson relationship warriorswire.usatoday.com/2024/07/07/dra… pic.twitter.com/ftwOhVsYS84:00 AM

Dalton Johnson @DaltonJ_Johnson
Steph Curry’s best 2-man lineups last season by offensive rating
Steph-Podziemski: 117.4
Steph-Kuminga: 116.6
Steph-Draymond: 116.3
Steph-Looney: 116.2
Steph-Wiggings: 116.1
Steph-Klay: 115.5 – 12:44 AM
Jason Dumas @JDumasReports
“Steph Curry is in therapy right now at Team USA basketball.”
Per usual, @ThompsonScribe with some #bars.
We hit on everything from Klay and the nature of his departure, Podz taking a leap, and Steph yearning for some help.
Full conversation at 10:45p on @kron4news. pic.twitter.com/VCgKgewFrm11:00 PM

Dalton Johnson @DaltonJ_Johnson
“He’s a great partner, too, through these difficult times.”
For reasons on and off the court, there’s no replacing Klay Thompson. But here’s what Steve Kerr told me about the job Warriors GM Mike Dunleavy has done this offseason nbcsportsbayarea.com/nba/golden-sta…2:45 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Brandon Podziemski to @Sportskeeda on having an elevated role last season at Klay Thompson’s expense: “You don’t want any internal bad blood between teammates when it’s not something you can necessarily control. So we talked about it. He was cool with it.” bit.ly/3XVQWky2:14 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
In Brandon Podziemski’s wide-ranging interview with @Sportskeeda, he spoke on the dynamic with having an elevated role at Klay Thompson’s expense: “I made sure he was okay with it. You don’t want any internal bad blood between teammates when it’s not something you can necessarily – 2:13 PM
Kerith Burke @KerithBurke
Lots of people not understanding the ice cold part is it’s not about whether the Warriors could make the money work for Klay (or wanted to, gulp), it’s about how you treat people on the way out. pic.twitter.com/PUyzutMeFm1:49 PM

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Story: Before they head off to Paris to chase Olympic gold, Steve Kerr & Stephen Curry had to make peace with Klay Thompson’s exit & the end of an era for the Warriors @washingtonpost @PostSports washingtonpost.com/sports/2024/07…1:01 PM

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