Heading into the new season, Klay Thompson is focused on helping the Golden State Warriors continue their domination and win back-to-back championships.
The Dubs are aiming to reach the finals for a fourth consecutive year and secure a third title in four years.
With many teams in the Western Conference making moves to improve during the offseason, Thompson will once again prove to be a vital part of the Warriors team because of his ability to play at an elite level on both ends of the floor.
At 27, he's entering the prime of his career and could play for at least another decade in the NBA as he'll never lose his terrific shooting stroke regardless of age.
The end of Thompson's playing days don't appear to be near but he already seems to have one eye on life after basketball and recently revealed what he wants to be doing.
In an interview with Complex, he said: “It’s my dream to one day be an athletic director of a high school slash high school coach. When I’m done playing, everything I’ve learned, I just want to give back to the kids who are coming up.”
While many athletes struggle with retirement, it's nice to see that Klay is already thinking and is keen to give back to the sport that made him a star.
As one of the best two-way players in the league and among the greatest shooters in NBA history, kids will have a lot to learn from him.
But for the three-time All-Star, it's all about the present and once again making a run for the Larry O'Brien trophy that he has already lifted on two occasions.
The Warriors managed to re-sign the majority of their core group of players who entered free agency in the summer.
Kevin Durant's decision to take a pay cut allowed the franchise to bring back important role players such as Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.
It also gave them the opportunity to further improve their roster by signing shooters Nick Young and Omri Casspi and Klay believes it's a sign of how committed the organisation is to winning.
“It means that our front office, they talk the talk—they talk about wanting to build a championship team and stay around for a long time—and they’re paying our guys and they’re about it,” said Thompson.
“They want to see this thing last for a long time. It’s really cool that they believe in us like that and they paid our vets who deserve it, because they’re integral to our team.”
Golden State begins the new campaign with a tasty encounter against a Houston Rockets team that now features Chris Paul.