OAKLAND – As long as Klay Thompson is almost as tough as any man in the NBA, the alarms sounded when he could not participate in the Warriors-76ers game on Thursday.
After two days of drinking fluids to avoid the possibility of dehydration, Thompson returned with the Warriors on Saturday, leading the fans of the Lakers of his team, scattered throughout the Oracle Arena.
As they sang, "We love Thompson," the five-time All-Star was dancing in the head of his favorite team, scoring 28 points in the game when the Warriors closed a 115-101 victory.
"I really did not hear it," Thompson said unconvincingly. "They were very high.
"It's part of the game, it comes from a good place, I suppose.
It certainly comes from a good place. Although Thompson has consistently expressed his desire to re-sign with the Warriors after becoming a free agent this summer, the Lakers would love to add him to a team that has not achieved a big 3-point shootout.
"I look on the bright side," Thompson said. "It means they love you, so that means you're doing something right, it's part of our business, people love, especially when the free-agent season comes around, they love to speculate who's going where and who's going to change. the dynamics of the NBA, it's good for our sport, it's striking. "
There are several reasons why the idea of Thompson joining the Lakers is always encouraged to fuel speculation. One, he spent most of his adolescence in Southern California, where he was a high school star. Two, his father, Mychal Thompson, bleeds with pride the gold of the Lakers, having been in two championship teams and currently an analyst in radio broadcasts.
Then there is the third reason. They expect the Warriors not to be willing to offer Thompson a contract he can not resist.
There is also no doubt that Thompson heard the songs. They were loud enough for Warriors fans to increase their volume in an attempt to hide the noise.
If there is a player who can act despite the very audible outside noise, it is Thompson. When you close yourself, not much can distract you. He was locked in from the start, scoring 23 points in the first half on 9 of 12 shots, including 3 of 4 beyond the arc.
He had 10 of 15, including 4 of 7 from deep, adding five rebounds and two assists. He had more than 11 in 36 minutes, so he should be fine.
"I felt good," he said. "Luckily, the disease has almost gone and I felt really renewed."
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The Lakers were 7 of 27 (25.9 percent) deep. They are shooting 33.7 percent this season, ranking 27th in the 30-team league.
It makes you understand why your fans cry out for Thompson, even when the office is trying to organize an exchange to acquire Pelicans star Anthony Davis.