The season ahead
Next season is as intriguing for the Warriors under the Steve Kerr regime as any other, and the all-star core will be vital for the potential for a deep playoff run at the Chase Center. With Klay down for a bulk of the regular season, it is important for Klay to be correct about D’Angelo Russell.
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Thompson is not coming from a completely random viewpoint when concerning D-Lo.
Coming off of a breakthrough season in Brooklyn having being cast off from Magic Johnson’s purple and gold ship, and after being fortuitous with injuries to other players in the east, Russell is arriving in the Bay as an all-star.
Averaging 21 points and 7 assists as the Nets’ lone star is eye-opening for sure, and he proved he was able to lead a young team to the NBA Playoffs. His character was questioned in Los Angeles, but he displayed an encouraging level of maturity with his undertaking of the fabled leadership role.
He comes into the squad with buckets of talent, and Klay certainly would have known this having guarded him over the past couple of years. Russell’s ability will be undeniably useful in the coming season, but while Thompson clearly recognizes Russell’s immediate benefits, there is a key word in his quote that is worth evaluating.