Warriors’ Klay Thompson’s motivational message provides boost vs. Suns
As detailed by Anthony Slater of The Athletic, Phoenix has this tradition of greeting former employees who return as opponents with a “Welcome Back” sign showing on a flat screen TV. On Saturday, the Suns greeted six people from the Warriors, including coach Steve Kerr, Dragan Bender (taken 4th overall by Phoenix in 2016) and Marquese Chriss (taken 8th overall in the same draft).
As for the four words Klay used to motivate his guys, the three-time champion took some paper and masking tape, wrote “They didn’t want ya!” and stuck it across the television monitor. Thompson’s hilarious, yet effective message seemed to work wonders as Golden State blasted Phoneix on the road with a 115-99 victory.
Even in street clothes, Thompson still finds a way to make a major impact for the Warriors.
Golden State only played eight players on Saturday, but every single player contributed to the win. Seven of the eight players scored in double-figures, with Juan Toscano-Anderson the lone single-digit scorer on the evening.
Rookie Eric Paschall led the charge with 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting off the bench. While Damion Lee scored 20 points to go along with five rebounds and eight assists. The two former Suns also played well. Bender finished with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Chriss notched 11 markers and nine boards as well.
This 2019-20 season is essentially a throw-away campaign for the Warriors. However, it has not been a lost cause as they have used this year to develop the younger talents on their team in the hopes that they can be solid rotation pieces for them next season when Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry come back healthy.