Thompson re-challenges for the championship.
Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors appeared on Paul 안전놀이터George’s podcast ‘Podcast P’ on the 8th (hereafter Korean time) and talked about his thirst for victory.
Golden State, which once fell to the bottom of the league in the aftermath of Kevin Durant’s transfer and injuries to key players, succeeded in a dramatic rebound in the 2021-2022 season, winning the 4th championship ring in the Stephen Curry-Klay Thompson-Draymond Green era. The victory in the 2021-2022 season was valuable because there were many eyes that saw Golden State’s golden age end.
Since there was no major loss in power, Golden State was also considered one of the strong candidates for the championship in the 2022-2023 season. However, Golden State, which was strained by Draymond Green’s punch incident before the opening game, was somewhat shaken by not being a defending champion throughout the season. Although they occupied the 6th seed in the Western Conference, they did not feel as stable as before.
Entering the playoffs, Golden State made an upset by catching Sacramento in the first round, but lost to the Lakers in the second round and ended its championship challenge. Since then, Jordan Poole has been given away in the offseason and Chris Paul has been recruited, aiming for the top again.
Looking back on last season, Thompson expressed regret over his own playoff performances, though he was proud of his team’s efforts through tough times.
“It’s turbulent at times and it’s hard to go on a winning streak,” Thompson said. “Last season we didn’t have the best start and injuries plagued us on a rough road. Still, I’m proud of the way we fought. We beat a strong Sacramento team. It was crazy heat. “I haven’t heard it that loud since the 2016 series against Cleveland.”
“The series against the Lakers was tough. Obviously I didn’t play as well as I wanted and I shot horribly. When Anthony Davis is under the rim it affects so many shots it’s really hard and LeBron James is still playing his Lakers. Give credit to them. They did a really good job.”
With four championship rings, Thompson and members of Golden State may no longer find it easier than others to find a sense of purpose. However, Thompson revealed his thirst for victory, saying that his members were still hungry.
“I know Andrew Wiggins, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Chris Paul, and the rest of the guys are hungry. We’re having group talks to set up a mini-camp before this season and we’re all on the same page,” Thompson said. “I’m looking forward to it to get another ring. If I keep going like this, I can aim for it enough. I want to go back to normal now because I’m more hungry than ever. Four rings are nice enough, but I want to try as much as I can get.”
Can Thompson get his fifth championship ring at Golden State next season? Attention is drawn to their actions.