Klay Thompson is just about the most cool, calm, collected player in the NBA. He never gets rattled and he’s never nervous.
But Klay’s dad Mychal is a different story.
The elder Thompson posted a photo on Twitter on Monday from Klay’s very first game against Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, and he revealed that he was nervous to watch his son face his idol.
Klays FIRST game against his idol…I was soooo nervus for him befor this game bcuz yall remember how Kobe use to treat rookies…and VETS too for that matter pic.twitter.com/c7qcINJcWy
— Mychal Thompson (@champagnennuts) August 10, 2020
Mychal said he was nervous because of the way Kobe treated rookies he faced. In that game, on Jan. 6, 2012, Bryant 39 points, seven assists and four rebounds in the Lakers’ 97-90 win over the Warriors.
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Klay, in just his seventh career game, scored 14 points off the bench.
Born in Los Angeles, Klay grew up worshipping the late Bryant. Just this week, the Warriors star stopped by Staples Center to pay his respects to Bryant and his daughter Gigi, who died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.
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Based on the photo of Klay guarding Kobe eight years ago, it doesn’t look like the 2011 No. 11 overall draft pick was nervous at all.
Why Mychal Thompson was nervous for Klay’s first game vs. Kobe Bryant originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area