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Steve Kerr jokes with Klay Thompson about a redshirt season


Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and shooting guard Klay Thompson had a funny moment on Wednesday.

While Kerr was talking to reporters, he said the Warriors don’t need Thompson, who was passing by the media scrum.

The All-Star shooting guard yelled out “redshirt season” and Kerr continued the banter by saying Thompson needs to get used to campus life.

There’s a chance Thompson misses the entire 2019-20 season due to his ACL injury, hence the “redshirt” reference. The Warriors are going to be cautious with Thompson since they gave him a five-year max contract this summer worth $190 million. Klay’s long-term health is very important to the organization.

Last season for the Dubs, Thompson averaged 21.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists. The five-time All-Star shot 46.7 percent from the field, 40.2 percent from beyond the arc and 81.6 percent from the free-throw line.

In the 2019 playoffs, Thompson put up 20.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists. The Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals in six games. Thompson tore his left ACL in Game 6.

Golden State acquired All-Star point guard D’Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade deal with the Brooklyn Nets after Kevin Durant agreed to sign with Brooklyn. Russell and Stephen Curry will share the backcourt while Thompson is rehabbing.