Here is the opening to my column leading up to Game 3 in the Warriors-Spurs playoff series:


Let’s start with Klay Thompson, the Warriors’ “other” starting guard. Not that there’s anything other or lesser about him.

He destroyed the Spurs on Wednesday night. Sure, it’s a team game and the Warriors did everything right. But, come on, Thompson destroyed the Spurs. He sank seven of eight 3-pointers in the first half, the most beautiful form you’ll see on a jumper, everything going swish. It was total beauty leading to total destruction.

Right after the Warriors drafted him two years ago, he came to CSN BayArea for interviews, came with his dad Mychal who played 12 years in the NBA and was the first draft pick in 1978, came with his mom Julie who played volleyball at USF. While Klay and Mychal were on the set, I sat with Julie in the Green Room, just happened to be there at the same time. She seemed worried and I asked why and, as I recall, she said, “Klay is a great player. But he’s shy. I’m worried he’ll be nervous on television.”

To read the full column click here.

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  1. sf9erfan

    I enjoyed your “behind the scene” interaction with Klay’s mom. I also enjoyed the gym interaction with Klay and Jim Barnett. I felt like I was there. One thing I really like about Klay is he doesn’t refrain from talking about getting to the finals or the potential to go up 3-1 with two wins at his home court. Most players and coaches always talk in cliches such as “one game at a time”.
    Anyway, keep up the good work.

    May 10th, 2013 12:13 am

  2. Stan

    OMG, I know you wont like this Lowell,but I gotta say that Kawakami’s “The playoffs prove the Warriors are a better team without Lee” is pure spin. And to qualify that by saying “The Warriors needed Lee for the season,but they are a better,etc,etc,”..whoo. Having your cake and eat it to the extreme!
    At least with Monta I was right. Alex Smith and Zito?..I’m still on stronger ground,wink wink.

    May 10th, 2013 8:54 am

  3. Stan

    After the first loss(and blown big lead by rookies)..what did all the announcers say ” This proves that not having Lee is kicking in”

    I think the Warriors can go far..it just would have been easier with Lee..and not harder that’s for sure.

    May 10th, 2013 10:11 am

  4. jack

    Coach gave a great list. Some omitted, like Oscar and The Pearl should be on it. Surprised, but not offended , he omitted Barry. But what we are seeing today is exceptional. Few shooters run a team as well as Curry or defend as well as Thompson. And both are still growing, their best still to come. What a treat to be able to watch thee two extraordinary players ply their craft. GS has a bright future with a strong foundation

    May 10th, 2013 11:29 am

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