Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson stopped by a practice facility designed to look like the Los Angeles Lakers' court this week to work on some shooting drills.
However, when he got there, he found a couple of adorable defenders waiting for him (and no, we don't mean young Lakers stars Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram).
When Thompson took the court in his training gear, he was met by a pair of labrador retrievers who were eager to help him get his workout in.
As you can see in the video below, the black lab quickly loses interest, but the yellow lab is up for the challenge of trying to defend one of the best three-point shooters in the game today. On the first attempt, the dog's defense gets the job done, forcing Thompson to miss the shot:
Though the pup's rebounding skills leave a lot to be desired, the defensive effort can't be faulted, as the end result was a missed shot.
During round two, though, Thompson got the edge, knocking down a three over his much shorter defender to even the score, as you can see in the video posted by ESPN's Tim MacMahon below:
Though Thompson made the shot, some may argue that the dog deserves a win in that matchup as well, as the Warriors' star stepped out of bounds before knocking down the well-contested jumper.
Holding Thompson to even 50 percent from beyond the three-point arc is something most NBA defenders can't do, so the dog deserves credit for its hustle and lockdown defending.
Last season, Thompson averaged a career-high 22.3 points per game while knocking down 3.4 long shots a night. He shot 41.4 percent from deep and also grabbed 3.7 rebounds and dished out 2.1 assists a night.
Facing tough defense like this on a daily basis, though, will probably have Thompson ready to do even more for the Warriors when the 2017-18 season tips off this fall.
Thompson will rejoin a Warriors squad that will still feature fellow superstars Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, so Golden State will once again be considered a title favorite, even after winning two titles in the past three seasons.
Thompson is not signed to a long-term extension and could eventually move on to another team, but for now, he's in Golden State and is happy to be there.
After averaging a career high in points last season, the sky is the limit for the young star, and defenders (both two-legged and four-legged) should be worried when they have to face him this season.