Klay Thompson was more fired up than we’ve ever seen him last NBA season and got himself into hot water a few times because of it.
One of those memorable moments was when the Warriors played the Suns in October of 2022 and Klay absolutely let Devin Booker have it.
The pair exchanged some heated words which led to Klay taunting Booker by holding up his four fingers to represent how many chips he’d won.
The move ultimately got Thompson ejected from the game, one that was decided long before the final buzzer, since Phoenix enjoyed a comfortable 134-105 win.
Klay was recently asked about the turn of events by Clippers forward Paul George and explained the place he was coming from at the time.
“Yeah, I was in my feelings though and Book was busting my ass that day,” Thompson said on Podcast P with Paul George. “I was not where I needed to be. God,” Thompson said while shaking his head. “You know stuff doesn’t age well and that didn’t age well for me.
“I don’t need to be flexing four rings, bro, like everybody know that. That’s on Wikipedia. My game wasn’t where it was at and we all get insecure at times.”
The 33-year-old went into further detail on how it certainly wasn’t his finest moment.
“I’m man enough to admit that we all have our moments of weakness,” Thompson continued. “I’m not really proud of that one. ‘Cause I see Devin Booker and I should be like, man, I should be proud of this young man. The work he’s put in. He survived a tough regime in Phoenix where everyone gettin’ traded, he’s playing for a new coach every year but now he’s a franchise player ’cause he just kept workin’. So, I admire the guys who have work ethic like that, you know?”
Thompson will be hoping to build on last season where he had some incredible moments but struggled to find consistency. The shooting guard averaged 21.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists on 43.6 percent shooting from the field and 41.2 percent shooting from three in 69 regular season games during the 2022-23 season.