Klay Thompson: Warriors could reach 70 wins, possibly threaten to match Chicago Bulls’ record of 72


Warriors guard Klay Thompson believes his team will have a chance to improve its record from last season and possibly make a run toward the Chicago Bulls’ cherished record of 72 regular season wins.

The 1995-96 Bulls team remains the only NBA team to ever reach the 70-win mark in the regular season. Thompson revealed he thinks the Warriors could become the second team to do so after being asked Sunday about actually breaking the Bulls’ record.

“That’s going to be a tough one,” Thompson said on a Google Hangouts Q&A with ShotTracker, a wearable tech company he partnered with. “We’ll try. There are so many good teams. We’ll try. We did get 67 wins last year, which was an amazing feat. We might be able to get 70. It’s going to depend a lot on health, obviously, and a lot of lucky bounces that go our way.

“Seventy-two wins, that’s a lot of wins, man. I don’t know if that will be done again, but hey man, we might be the team to do it just because we reached 67 last year. And if we stay focused and we take every game serious, we should have a chance to reach 70. It won’t be easy. It will be extremely difficult, but you know what? Why not?”

The Warriors are currently off to a 3-0 start after their 67-15 record last season tied for the sixth-most regular season wins in league history.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr played on the Bulls’ 72-win team with Michael Jordan. Last season during Golden State’s hot start, Kerr laughed off questions about the Warriors keeping up that pace.

“What I remember from that year is there were about 10 games where Michael just decided, ‘We’re going to win,'” Kerr said. “And every other team on Earth would have lost those 10 games.

“He wanted to break that Lakers record of 69 wins, and so he decided we would do it, and so we did it, and there’s only one Michael.”


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Warriors’ Klay Thompson develops concussion-like symptoms after winning conference championship

OAKLAND – Klay Thompson developed concussion-like symptoms after the Warriors won the Western Conference championship on Wednesday.

Thompson left the game in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 104-90 win after being kneed in the head by the Rockets’ Trevor Ariza and received stitches for an ear laceration, according to coach Steve Kerr. The team later announced he had been put through a concussion evaluation during the game and began not to feel well after the game.

Thompson was kneed with 9:31 left after Ariza left his feet only to catch the side of the head on the way down to the ground.

“He is a good shooter, so you don’t want to give him any open 3-pointers,” Ariza said. “I was just trying to run and contest it. He happened to be leaning forward, and my knee hit him in the face.”

The Warriors will have seven days off before Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena on June 4.


Warriors’ Klay Thompson wants rematch against ‘greatest shooter in the history of the game’ Stephen Curry

NEW YORK – Warriors guard Klay Thompson admitted that he was “envious” of Stephen Curry and that when he thinks back to going down to his teammate in the Three-Point Contest, he’ll be “a little ticked.”

Thompson is that confident in his shot and was bothered he didn’t come through with a golden opportunity to top Curry at Barclays Center on Saturday.

And Thompson, who afterward tweeted Curry is the “greatest shooter in the history of the game,” wants his rematch in the contest.

“I’ll be back, and hopefully against Steph,” Thompson told reporters.” He got me this year, man, but I’m looking forward to getting him.”

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A sneak preview at the new Anta shoe deal for Warriors guard Klay Thompson

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Warriors guard Klay Thompson said after Wednesday’s game it would be last one wearing Nike shoes.

That’s because Thompson is on the verge of beginning his new shoe deal with Anta, moving on with a Chinese company looking to make a dent in the market. Thompson is scheduled to hold a press conference today in New York in advance of All-Star weekend to announce a “major brand partnership.”

What would a deal with Anta look like? Pictured above is one of the variety of personalized shoes that Thompson will wear, featuring his No. 11.

Thompson’s press conference comes at the same time backcourt mate Stephen Curry is a few miles away in New York launching the sale of his signature shoe, the Curry One by Under Armour.


Warriors’ Klay Thompson, Rockets’ James Harden named All-Star starters by coach Steve Kerr

MINNEAPOLIS – Warriors guard Klay Thompson will join Stephen Curry in the All-Star starting lineup Sunday in New York, according to coach Steve Kerr.

The decision to have Thompson start was made by Kerr, who by virtue of the Warriors’ top record in the Western Conference was appointed to coach the All-Star squad. Houston’s James Harden was also named a starter, as Kerr needed replacements for injured players Kobe Bryant and Blake Griffin.

“I think it makes a lot of sense to start both Klay and Harden,” Kerr said. “They’re the two best shooting guards in the league this year I think, and they’ve both earned it.”

The Warriors will have two starters in the All-Star game for the first time since Rick Barry and Nate Thurmond were in the lineup in 1967.

“It’s an indication of how far we’ve come,” Kerr said.

Said Curry: “I think it’s kind of a cool deal to have Warriors representation and for Klay to start and have some fun.”

Kerr isn’t done making moves yet. He’ll have to make another decision on the lineup after New Orleans’ Anthony Davis announced he would forgo the All-Star game in order to rest his sprained shoulder.


Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, David Lee, Klay Thompson make initial USA national team roster

Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, David Lee and Klay Thompson were the Warriors named Thursday to the initial 2014-16 USA Men’s National Team roster, giving USA Basketball the opportunity to select them to compete at major international competitions.

The Warriors’ four players were the most representing an NBA team in the fluid pool of 28 players from which rosters for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain this summer and 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be chosen. No other NBA team had more than two players on the initial roster.

USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski previously coached Curry on the 2010 USA World Championship team that finished first in Turkey. Curry at age 22 averaged 4.6 points to help the Americans win gold, and Krzyzewski indicated the player’s game works well on an international stage.

“He’s one of the great players in the league,” said Krzyzewski, who coached Curry’s brother, Seth, at Duke. “One of the unique players in the fact that he can play both guard positions because he’s such a terrific scorer. But he’s an easy guy to play with. Guys love him. He’s definitely not afraid. He’s having a sensational year.”

Iguodala was one of 11 players returning from the 2012 U.S. Olympic gold medal team, including two-time Olympic gold medalists Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Deron Williams. He was Curry’s teammate on the 2010 USA World Championship team.

Lee was previously named a member of the 2010-12 national team roster, but suffered a mallet finger injury during training camp in 2010 and was unable to continue his participation.

Thompson previously attended the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp in July and was a part of the 2012 USA Select Team that trained against the eventual Olympic gold medal team. He won a gold medal of his own playing for the 2009 USA U19 World Championship team.