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James Harden on Warriors’ Klay Thompson naming himself top shooting guard: ‘We really know what’s going on’

The Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) reacts to hitting a 3-point shot against the Houston Rockets in the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)

The Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) reacts to hitting a 3-point shot against the Houston Rockets in the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)

The Warriors’ Klay Thompson chose himself over Houston’s James Harden and Chicago’s Jimmy Butler two weeks ago when considering who the best shooting guard was in the NBA.

Harden, whose team hosts the Warriors on Thursday, slightly shook his head and offered his own opinions on the matter.

“People are going to talk,” Harden told reporters Wednesday. “Just let them talk and do what they’re going to do. Whatever gets them excited, whatever gives them that confidence to want to talk, go ahead and do it. But we really know what’s going on.”

Asked about Harden in wake of Thompson’s pick, Rockets interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff told reporters, “I think James is pretty good.”

When Mychal Thompson, Klay’s father, was asked on SiriusXM last week to put on his analyst’s hat and evaluate the case for Klay, he mentioned Harden as well.

“He definitely makes the case,” Mychal said of Klay. “So does Harden, so does Jimmy Butler, Bradley Beal every now and then shows up to be the best from week to week. So it all depends on who’s having the best week. But Klay is definitely in the conversation.”

Harden, of course, did some talking of his won in the preseason to NBA.com when reiterating that he still felt he deserved to win the MVP award over Stephen Curry.

“I am the best player in the league. I believe that,” he said. “I thought I was last year, too.”

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Warriors’ Klay Thompson named NBA’s top two-way shooting guard by ESPN’s Jalen Rose

Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) goes up for a dunk against the Milwaukee Bucks in the second quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) goes up for a dunk against the Milwaukee Bucks in the second quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

ESPN analyst Jalen Rose, the former NBA guard, is supportive of Klay Thompson choosing himself as the best shooting guard in the league.

“Yes, James Harden is the best shooting guard in the league, but Klay Thompson is the best two-way guard in the league,” Rose said.

Earlier in the week, Rose also spoke highly of Thompson on the Jalen & Jacoby podcast.

“He’s in the conversation, so it’s OK for him to say it,” Rose said of Thompson. “James Harden is the best shooting guard in the league, but what Klay Thompson along with Jimmy Butler have become are the top two-way players in the game. As a performer, he didn’t want to quantify it by saying “two-way.”

“People forget about Klay, and it’s OK for him to speak up for himself. Earlier in the year, he was fighting through a lot of injuries. Now he’s back healthy. He’s a lights-out shooter. He deserves to own that comment.”

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Warriors’ Klay Thompson to root for A’s, Giants after Trayce traded to Dodgers, but brother’s team comes first

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OAKLAND – Warriors guard Klay Thompson’s younger brother, Trayce Thompson, is a Los Angeles Dodger following a three-team trade Wednesday in which he was unloaded by the Chicago White Sox.

That means the 24-year-old Trayce is back in Southern California, where he and his brothers spent part of their childhood. Klay said Los Angeles had a “great market, legendary team.”

“I’ll still support the A’s or the Giants, but the Dodgers will come first when my brother’s playing for ‘em, so I’ll be rooting for him, and it’ll be an exciting time,” said Klay, who had been following trade rumors during the Winter Meetings.

“It’s going to be great for my family if he makes it to LA to come up and see him all the time. It’d be special.”

Trayce hit .295 and five home runs with 16 RBI in 44 games after making his Major League debut with the White Sox last season. Assuming he stays with the Dodgers, they have a crowded outfield.

Klay attended some White Sox games last season and also A’s games as well, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Coliseum in September.

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Warriors halftime report: Thompson’s 29 lead Golden State over Pacers

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The Warriors led by as much as 22 points  – thanks to a 22-0 run – in their quest to go to 23-0 on the season. Much of it was owed to an amazing first half outburst by Klay Thompson. (29 points on eight 3-pointers.)

The host Indiana Pacers cut things back before halftime Tuesday in Indianapolis, but not by much: The Warriors led 79-60 at half.

It was the Warriors’ highest-scoring half this season. A 44-point first quarter tied their season high for one period.

The Pacers were stride for stride with the defensing champs before Andrew Iguodala entered the game.

Then this guy took things into his own hands.

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

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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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Watch: Warriors’ Klay Thompson hits halfcourt shot while riding a bike

Here’s some proof that a champion’s work is never done. Klay Thompson’s attempt at expanding his game apparently knows no bounds. The All-Star guard hopped on a bicycle and executed the shot of the summer.

Still think Klay is just a catch-and-shoot player?

Working on being more versatile this offseason S/o to @ttwersky for the dime in the shooting pocket

A video posted by Klay Thompson (@klaythompson) on

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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.