There are many prominent NBA players who are famous villains, but Golden State Warriors guard Clay Thompson is not generally considered one of them.
Thompson’s remarks after winning the NBA Finals over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night could change that reputation. Of all the possible narratives to speak of – his recovery from two devastating injuries, his continuity with Stephen Curry and Drymond Green, his feud with Celtic fans, to name a few – Thompson had time to discuss … one of the two opposing playoff series before.
“It was a collective effort so the ‘strength in numbers’ is alive and well,” Thompson told reporters after the game’s announcement. “It was a player on Grizzlies who tweeted ‘Strength in Numbers’ after beating us in the regular season and it made me very angry. I can’t wait to retweet that. Freakin bomb.”
The Memphis Grizzlies player is Jaren Jackson Jr., who actually tweeted, “Strength in numbers,” followed by a clapping emoji on March 28th. In that game, the Grizzlies defeated the Warriors without Curry, Thompson or Green. 123-95.
“I was like this weird clown,” Thompson said. “Okay, okay, okay, sorry. That memory just popped up. Are you going to make fun of us? Like, you’ve never been there before, Brew. We’ve been there, we know what to do.” Come back there, hold on. “