As you’ve probably noticed, it’s a big week in Pullman.
On Monday, Nick Rolovich became the head coach of Cougar football. On Thursday, he holds his first press conference and WSU basketball hosts #8 Oregon. Then on Saturday, to cap everything off, Klay Thompson returns to Pullman to become just the second WSU basketball player to have his number retired during Washington State’s game against Oregon State.
Saturday’s ceremony for Thompson was already set to be a gigantic event. But today, we got an idea of just how big it’s going to be.
Stephen Curry confirms to this WSU grad he will go to Pullman this weekend for Klay Thompson’s jersey retirement by @WSUCougarMBB @WSUCougars. “I heard it’s pretty cool there.” And then he gave me a nice “Go Cougs!” (With a smile). pic.twitter.com/dG6F3dOdyH— Janie McCauley (@JanieMcCAP) January 15, 2020
Both players are likely out for the season with injuries, allowing them to make the trip north. But they won’t be the only ones. According to to Janie McCauley, Thompson’s former teammate Zaza Pachulia and Warriors assistant GM Mike Dunleavy will also make the trip to the Palouse.
Unfortunately, other members of the Warriors will likely have to skip the event because of their home game against Orlando on Saturday night. While they might not be on hand in Pullman, a couple of them have already sent their regards on video.
It's officially #K1ayGame Week! 1⃣— Washington State Athletics (@WSUCougars) January 12, 2020
We're hearing from some pretty important people all week as we get ready to welcome back home @KlayThompson!
First up: @SteveKerr #GoCougs | #DubNation pic.twitter.com/BH60nhlmud
Forecast this weekend in Pullman: @StephenCurry30 will be in the house for @KlayThompson's halftime jersey retirement!— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) January 15, 2020
Follow us and set alerts for @WSUCougarMBB vs. Oregon State on Saturday at 1 PT / 2 MT on Pac-12 Network: https://t.co/ZhZuI5ezsapic.twitter.com/33PHzsgaVP
On Tuesday, Thompson spoke with the media for one of the first times this season during halftime of Golden State’s game. A lot of the press conference was spent talking about Thompson’s rehab, but the talk did turn to Saturday’s ceremony in Pullman and just how much this honor means to him.
Klay Thompson hasn’t been ton Pullman in about five years. He said his dream was to have his jersey retired by @WSUCougarMBB @WSUCougars. pic.twitter.com/Cw74WfY9Pu— Janie McCauley (@JanieMcCAP) January 15, 2020
A full list of people that will be attending the ceremony has yet to be released, but you can expect plenty of Klay’s former teammates from WSU to join Curry and the representatives from the Warriors. We’ll find out together what Washington State has planned this weekend. The ceremony will take place during Washington State’s game against Oregon State. Tip off is set for 1 p.m. in Beasley Coliseum. If you can’t make it to Pullman, you can watch the game on the Pac-12 Network. And, yes, the Network says they will be carrying the halftime ceremony live.
Stephen Curry to be in attendance for Klay Thompson jersey retirement at Washington State | The Spokesman-Review
Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry will be in attendance as Golden State Warriors teammate and fellow “Splash Brother” Klay Thompson has his jersey retired at halftime of the Cougars’ game against Oregon State, Janie McCauley of the Associated Press reported Tuesday prior to Golden State’s game against Dallas.
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Nick Rolovich will be introduced as Washington State’s coach at a 2:30 p.m. news conference Thursday, held inside the Rankich Club Room at Martin Stadium.
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Nick Rolovich named head football coach at Washington State | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Nick Rolovich has left behind the beaches of Oahu for the wheat fields of the Palouse and the chance to see if his pass-happy, high-scoring style can work at Washington State.