In case you haven’t heard, the Golden State Warriors were up 3-1 on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals after winning a record 73 games in the regular season, and they blew it, losing three straight games and the championship in what was the worst collapse in the history of professional sports. One thing that may have been lost in this incredible mess of colliding embarrassments for the Warriors was the now hilarious amount of trash they talked after Game 4. Draymond Green called LeBron a b**ch on the court, and off the court, Klay Thompson said he didn’t understand why LeBron got his feelings hurt.
Now, months later, Klay remains the one with hurt feelings. In an interview with GQ.com, Thompson discussed those hurt feelings, and whether or not getting Kevin Durant healed them:
We added Kevin and I couldn’t be more excited about our future and what could happen, but it’ll take a long time to get over that loss, man. It was hard. Especially being up 3-1, and how good we felt like we were, we controlled our own destiny and we didn’t get it done. But that’s life, it’s basketball, it wasn’t in the cards. It’s going to take a long time to get over that, man. You always think about the one possession that could have changed it. It came down to the last three minutes for us to be back-to-back champions.
Give Cleveland credit: They never gave up, but it’s only going to make us stronger. I’m not going to say [the disappointment] outweighs getting Kevin, because it’s two completely different circumstances. It’s still fresh in my mind to be honest and it will be until we get that opportunity again.”
— Klay Thompson via GQ.com
As a Warriors fan, it is comforting to hear this from Klay. Signing Kevin Durant in no way makes up for suffering through the worst collapse in NBA history and throwing away the chance to be the greatest team ever. The fact that they did it in the most embarrassing and pathetic way imaginable didn’t help either.
It’s also nice to hear Klay give Cleveland their due credit. Andre Iguodala’s quote earlier in the summer about the Oklahoma City Thunder actually being the best team in the playoffs came off as petty, so it is nice to hear a Warrior saying the right things.