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Klay Thompson expresses confusion at Jason Terry calling him a "B-side player"

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Veteran shooting guard Jason Terry made headlines last month when he labeled Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard "B-side performers" in the league. 

The comment was a little surprising considering the duo are regarded among the best players in their positions and have both contributed significantly to the success of their respective franchises in recent years, notably winning a championship each. 

Terry suggested that the pair cannot be considered as superstars and go-to players in the mould of LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and James Harden and considered them as "supporting cast" players. 

The 39-year-old possibly had some ill-feeling towards the Warriors having lost to them on numerous occasions while he was a member of the Houston Rockets over the last two campaigns and has continuously voiced his opinion that Klay isn't as good as his now former teammate Harden. 

Thompson recently addressed the comments by the Jet and expressed his confusion at exactly what the Milwaukee Bucks guard was trying to say. 

"I honestly don't even know what that means," Thompson said speaking to SiriusXM NBA radio. "Whatever Jason wants to call me, I'll be a B-side player. I'll be a B-side player on the way to compete for championships. It's OK with me. I don't even know what that means, man.

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"Kawhi Leonard a B-side player? The man was a Finals MVP. One of the best two-way players in the game. So I don't get that. I don't know. That confuses me, though."

The status of the Warriors' three-point marksman may divide opinion as he is often seen in the shadow of Steph Curry, but it is Terry's dismissal of Leonard as a superstar that should be questioned. 

At the age of 25 the Spurs forward is an NBA champion, an All-Star, a Finals MVP, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and an All-NBA First Team performer, there aren't many other players who can boast those accolades at his age.

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As Klay said, he will focus on cometing for championships regardless of what his role is and we can expect to see he and Kawhi do their talking on the court in this upcoming season.

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