Klay Thompson continues to lead the league in catching feelings


LeBron James used a skeleton prop at the Cavaliers’ Halloween party to remind the Warriors that they, in fact, blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals, a fact many often forget.

Don’t let the ESPN headline fool you, either — the Warriors aren’t all that mad about getting clowned via Halloween decorations.

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Draymond Green flashed “a massive smile” and dropped a “more power to the them.” Steph Curry giggled and said he’d keep quiet. Kevin Durant said, in so many words, leave me out of this. It’s good; that’s the way they should handle it, because they a) blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals, and b) spent a decent chunk of 2015 gloating about their win over the Cavs. All’s fair.

Klay Thompson, though? Klay was …

Klay Thompson, visibly irritated by the subject, sternly told ESPN, “Man, I don’t care about that.”

Now, this is funny for a couple reasons. The main one: It was Thompson, more than anyone — and that includes Green and his ball-taps — who waded into villainous waters during the Final. If Green’s suspension greased the wheels for the 3-1 collapse, Thompson’s postgame’ smugness, centered around James’ disapproval of Green’s trash talk, started the engine.

“I’m just shocked some guys take it so personal. It’s a man’s league. I’ve heard a lot of bad things out there, but at the end of the day we’re competitive people. I guess his (James) feelings just got hurt.”

“Trash talk is a part of the game in basketball. I feel like it’s part of any sport, especially this competitive.”

“I don’t know how the man feels but obviously people have feelings, and people’s feelings get hurt, even if they’re (just) called a bad word. I guess his feelings just got hurt. We’ve all been called plenty of bad words on the basketball court before. Some guys just react to it differently.”

Again — he said that about LeBron James. In hindsight, it was unwise. So, that’s the most immediately funny element here. Mr. “Don’t Catch Feelings” caug

ht feelings … about Halloween decorations.

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What makes it even better, though, is that it’s always him. It’s always Klay. Klay’s mindset is why “The Warriors blew a 3-1 lead” jokes are still funny. Klay is the Warriors’ thin skin, and he is mad all the time.

He was mad at an unnamed Warriors exec, quoted in a preseason ESPN story about Green:

“The article pissed me off for this reason. If you call someone a coward, how are you not going to put your name on that quote? Why don’t you put your name to it and then you can call us cowards? That’s fine. Tell us that. But to say we played like cowards and you’re not going to quote the guy who said it, that’s weak to me.”

He was mad at the suggestion that the Warriors would have to alter their games to accommodate Kevin Durant:

“I feel kind of disrespected that people keep using the term sacrifice to describe me and describe us,” Thompson told The Vertical. “We all want to see each other do well. But I’m not sacrificing [expletive], because my game isn’t changing. I’m still going to try to get buckets, hit shots, come off screens. I want to win and have a fun time every game we play.”

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Best of all, back in May, he was mad Damian Lillard made second team All-NBA over him.

(He) steamed, team officials said. He stormed around the locker room, asking if voters had watched him defend Lillard in the second round. They politely reminded Thompson that voters submit ballots before the playoffs.

Point being: Klay Thompson gets mad a lot, which is fine. He should just remember that next time he makes fun of folks for doing the same.