Golden State Warriors: 5 Reasons This Team is Still Fun to Watch

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3. Klay Thompson is Klay Thompson

If you’ve followed me since I started blogging about the Warriors on Tumblr in 2011, then you would know that Klay Thompson is my favorite Warriors player ever.

I always appreciated the simplicity of his game: he was a shooter that moved extremely well off the ball, and as a coach, I’ve done my best with developing my players in that mold. While Thompson is a great all-around player in his own right, I feel that his catch-and-shoot ability is a perfect match for what Golden State does and the perfect complement to his teammates’ skillsets.

Off the court, Thompson gained some early notoriety with his misdemeanor at Washington State for marijuana possession. He developed a reputation for being rather quiet early in his career, but a different side of Thompson began to show as the team improved: he became more outspoken in his interviews, and his quietness evolved into a laid back, chill attitude.

Everyone began to follow his off-the-court activities more consistently, which in turn helped him become more relatable. He’s living proof that professional athletes are really just regular people who want to live their best life and appreciate the little things.

Additionally, I think people just appreciate how Klay seemingly stays in his lane, does what he wants and genuinely tries to enjoy every bit of it. It doesn’t matter if he’s caught on camera gagging on Chinese food, zoning out during interviews or being rejected by the rim on a dunk attempt in public — he’s a guy that just continues to have fun making these questionable decisions.

Think what you will about him signing with an Asian shoe brand or becoming the brand ambassador for a relatively unknown bracelet company called Rastaclat — he’s too busy playing with Rocco and ping pong with Roger Federer to care about what you think.