Veteran Klay Thompson has got spectacularly honest on his mindset after the Golden State Warriors snapped their three-game losing streak with a 121-115 win over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.
After six-straight games of scoring 20+ points, the microscope had re-emerged on Thompson after he scored just 25 combined points in three games heading into the matchup with the Magic.
Tuesday's game was hardly Thompson's most prolific, with the 33-year-old limited to just nine minutes, two shots and three-points in a foul-plagued first-half. Yet he was nonetheless effective in a second-half where the Warriors found their way past a top five team in the Eastern Conference.
Klay Thompson was at his honest best in the postgame, revealing a candid conversation had with Golden State Warriors' head coach Steve Kerr
Thompson finished with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting -- he was reserved shooting-wise but continually made the right play, hitting the roller on a number of occasions when two men jumped at him on the perimeter.
However, it was Thompson's defense that deserved the most credit in the much-needed six-point win. The primary defender on young Magic star Paolo Banchero, Thompson made things difficult for the 2022 first overall pick who shot poorly and only padded his stats late when the game was essentially over.
The five-time All-Star was candid in his postgame press conference, revealing a 'great conversation' he had with Steve Kerr on Monday that Thompson hopes will change his entire perspective moving forward.
""Just to enjoy being in this Warriors uniform and appreciate what we built, because it's such a rare opportunity for any professional athlete to be part of so much success and to try and pass that torch to the younger guys to keep this thing going," Thompson said."
Thompson spoke about his desire to be a mentor to Golden State's younger players in the last chapter of his career, with rookie pair Brandin Podziemski and Trayce Jackson-Davis, along with third-year forward Jonathan Kuminga, playing over 85 combined minutes against the Magic.
Just as importantly, Thompson admitted his negative energy had been a factor in his and the team's struggles so far this season. The four-time champion has averaged 16.7 points this season, easily his worst since his second season in the league in 2012-13.
Thompson's value will be ultimately assessed by what he provides on the floor, but regardless, Tuesday's comments were nice to hear for many Warrior fans who had become concerned with the franchise legend's self-awareness (or lack thereof) at points this season.