Stephen Curry to attend Klay Thompson’s jersey retirement at Washington State
Stephen Curry revealed he will make the trip to Pullman, WA to attend Klay Thompson’s jersey retirement ceremony, as his Golden State Warriors backcourt partner is set to be honored by his alma mater Washington State on Saturday, Jan. 18.
Curry, who’s been out of action since suffering a broken left hand on Oct. 30 against the Phoenix Suns, vowed to make the trip this weekend to watch his fellow Splash Brother get his jersey No. 1 raised to the rafters.
Stephen Curry confirms to this WSU grad he will go to Pullman this weekend for Klay Thompson’s jersey retirement by @WSUCougarMBB @WSUCougars. “I heard it’s pretty cool there.” And then he gave me a nice “Go Cougs!” (With a smile). pic.twitter.com/dG6F3dOdyH
— Janie McCauley (@JanieMcCAP) January 15, 2020
Thompson wore No. 1 during his three-year stint as a Cougar, racking up 1,756 points, 475 rebounds, 259 assists, 130 steals, and 74 blocks along with 242 3-pointers made.
The Warriors sharpshooter averaged 21.6 points per game in his junior season and became the school’s third-best leading scorer before declaring for the 2011 NBA Draft and being picked with the 11th overall selection.
Thompson was lauded as one of the best pure shooters of his draft class, but bound to be a likely late-first round selection. His play during the 2011 Pac-10 Tournament changed that narrative, as he went off for a tournament-record 43 points and eight made 3-pointers — a performance that greatly boosted his value.
The Warriors quickly zoned in to acquire him, envisioning an elite shooting backcourt next to Curry — a vision that came to fruition a few years later.
Washington State is set to retire Thompson’s No. 1 on Saturday, as he becomes the second WSU Men’s Basketball player to receive this honor, joining Steve Puidokas, as well as the seventh Washington State athlete in any sport whose number has been retired by the school. Thompson will have his longtime friend Stephen Curry in the audience, as his number soon reaches school immortality.