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Warriors’ Klay Thompson addresses Golden State crowd prior to Clippers game

Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson addressed the home crowd at the new Chase Center prior to their duel against the LA Clippers. He told the Dubs fans to stay with them, noting that they have a crop of players who want to showcase their talents.

“Stay with us. We’ll have a great year. We have a lot of guys eager to prove themselves.”

For the first time in five years, the Warriors are not title favorites entering the season. The departure of Kevin Durant, as well as the Warriors’ core players like Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, were tagged as the main culprits of the Warriors’ possible decline. The absence of Thompson, too, will likely hurt the Warriors chances this year.

In fact, head coach Steve Kerr recently remarked that Thompson could be out for the season due to his torn ACL injury. It was previously assumed that Thompson would return in February from his injury.

While fans remain positive that the Warriors still have a shot at the title, various analysts are doubting the team’s chances of making it to the playoffs. Perhaps this is the reason behind Thompson’s plea. He knows that this season is going to be tough.

While the team still has Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell, the Warriors have added a ton of new pieces to their roster. As such, it’ll take some time before the team jells together. But once they do, the Warriors — still with their championship mettle intact — are very capable of entering back into title contention.