Warriors star Klay Thompson issued huge challenge from father Mychal
Former professional basketball player and two-time NBA Champion Mychal Thompson knows a thing or two about longevity in the league. Father of current Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson, he believes that any player can play into their 40s if they do one thing: take care of their bodies.
Klay has suffered a variety of injuries within the past couple of years, making Thompson’s advice he told the NBC Sports Bay Area all the more meaningful, via Kerith Burke of NBC Sports:
“I said, if you really want to, you can play till you’re 40 years of age, but the key to that is you have to take care of your body, as you go into your 30s,” Mychal said, recounting to NBC Sports Bay Area a conversation he had with Klay.
He emphasized that since Klay has been a shooter with the Warriors, a skill set can stay with him for a long time. Those who have to constantly rely on their athletic abilities to make an impact are susceptible to a lot of wear and tear. Thompson then made an analogy that puts everything into perspective:
“You got to maintain your body like you have an office building. Your body is your office building, right? And if you have a business, are you gonna let that building get run down? Get trashed? Get abused? No! You have to take care of your office.”
He’s absolutely right. Take a look at LeBron James and Vince Carter. To get to the point where players can play into their late thirties and even into their forties, they need to stay healthy. The challenge is on for the Warriors sharpshooter as he continues to recover from an Achilles tear.