For head coach Steve Kerr, it was a symbolic resemblance to what his team looked like on the court in a narrow 122-121 loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night's season-opener.
Kerr noted his team's poor conditioning after giving up a 13-point lead to start the fourth quarter, eventually getting the short end of the stick after Kevin Durant's potential game-winning baseline jumper was ruled a whisker late.
“I thought it was the perfect metaphor for our conditioning,” said Kerr when asked of the peculiar, heavier-looking Thompson impersonator.
The Warriors were sloppy with the ball, especially through their main two scorers, who turned the ball over a whopping 12 times between the two.
Golden State carved leads with ease, but allowed Houston back in the game, seemingly a step slow defensively, allowing endless and-one opportunities to reigning Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon, who ate them up with his searing drives through the lane.
Kerr will take the next few days very seriously after giving this team breaks during training camp due to their week-long trip to China in the preseason.
The Warriors will also await an MRI result from Draymond Green's knee after sitting out the entire fourth quarter with the injury.