The Golden State Warriors made a huge splash this summer by adding Kevin Durant. With the sharpshooting forward on the team now, how will the Dubs change their offence to accommodate all the players on the roster that specialise in scoring?
If you ask Klay Thompson, not a whole lot.
The All-Star shooting guard wanted to make one thing clear to the media, he doesn’t view the anticipated sharing of the basketball as a sacrifice at all.
The Splash Brother told The Vertical: “I feel kind of disrespected that people keep using the term sacrifice to describe me and describe us. We all want to see each other do well. But I’m not sacrificing s***, because my game isn’t changing.”
That is a pretty adamant response to the idea that there will have to be some kind of drastic changes in The Bay. He’s sticking to his guns and believes that the jump-shooting nature of the teams’ stars will smooth some of the initial difficulties of fitting into a new system.
Oakland’s de-facto secondary marksman is also looking forward to being a team that other fanbases will be angry about.
He continued: “Now, we can embrace being the hated team and getting everyone’s best, and adding some tension every night. It’ll be a fun experience going into arenas on the road, with opposing fans hating what we’ve built.”
That sounds like the farthest thing from fun but for Thompson, he is looking forward to the challenge. This team will be the most hated by fans since the “Big 3”-era Miami Heat.
It has been well documented that the strain of being so reviled weighed on that group in its first season. The Warriors will have their chance to pass their trial by fire when the NBA season tips off in the fall.