May 30, 2016, 11:49 am
Klay Thompson’s masterful performance in Game 6 saved Golden State’s season. After pulling the Warriors back from the brink, Thompson was given a hero’s welcome in the tunnel by Warriors owner Joe Lacob.
Before tonight’s Game 7 against the Thunder, Thompson was asked about Lacob’s display of gratitude.
From the San Francisco Chronicle’s Rusty Simmons, Thompson said, “You appreciate an engaged owner. I feel like he wants to win just as bad as we do.”
Thompson went on to say that he thought it was cool to see that much passion from the team’s owner. Lacob has been catching flak ever since his interview with the New York Times, where he came off as arrogant and overeager to take credit for the Warriors’ success, but at least his players have his back.
Though to be fair, if not for Thompson’s heroics, maybe Golden State doesn’t look “light-years ahead of probably every other team in structure, in planning, in how we’re going to go about things.” Lacob definitely owes him one and maybe he’ll dial it back in the future.
Thompson left one person hanging in the post game celebration. That person just so happens to be Lacob’s son, Kent. Asked about that oversight, Thompson said, “I had tunnel vision and didn’t see him, but it was pretty funny.”
Kent is probably okay with it as long as the Warriors win Game 7.