A week ago, Washington State’s most accomplished alumnus, Klay Thompson, secured his fourth NBA championship. A few days later, the celebration was in full swing, and Klay — like the true Coug he is — made the most of the party.
As he is wont to do, Klay took his boat across the bay to the celebration, documenting his trip on IG. Alas, he was not practicing good hat discipline. But not to worry! He had a replacement lined up, just like the pro he is:
"Keeping it real goes wrong, people. That's why you gotta strap it in tight. Captain's hat is nice for that"— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) June 20, 2022
️ Klay Thompson after losing his championship hat pic.twitter.com/zbCmPuwrMe
“I do not condone littering. I tried to find her, but now she’s one with the ocean, unfortunately. That’s why I have the captain's hat on.”— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) June 20, 2022
Klay Thompson on losing his Finals hat in the Bay pic.twitter.com/YopQxLz8ug
Once arrived, it was time to get started with the parade. Nobody quite lives their best life like Klay Thompson, but the moment surely was made especially sweet by what he had to endure to get to this moment. He missed all of the 2019-20 season with a knee injury suffered in the previous year’s NBA Finals loss to the Toronto Raptors, then — in the leadup to the 2020-21 season — he suffered a torn achilles, causing him to miss all of that season and also the first half of this season.
BAY AREA LEGEND KLAY THOMPSON pic.twitter.com/5LuZiWRHxK— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) June 20, 2022
All told, it was roughly 2.5 calendar years away from competitive basketball. And yet, Klay was an impact contributor, returning to his starting role and playing a major part in the Warriors’ fourth championship in seven seasons. It was all worth it, as he talks here about the “little wins”:
"Real mature Draymond. This guy has the maturity of a third grader."— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) June 20, 2022
️ Klay Thompsonpic.twitter.com/49EuvluXtz
The parade was not without its challenges, however. Watch your step, Klay!
Highest tackle grade by an NBA player:— PFF College (@PFF_College) June 21, 2022
Klay Thompson: 99.9
Also ... gotta be careful with that jewelry!
Klay Thompson dropping his Championship ring at Warriors parade pic.twitter.com/fWydzLb4IP— tranice marie (@tranicemarie) June 21, 2022
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: Watching Klay play basketball at WSU was one of the great joys of my nearly 30 years as a Coug, and the fact that he gets to continue playing — and doing so at a high level, despite the physical setbacks — makes me smile even bigger.
Go Cougs, Klay.
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A source described the staff as “thrilled” they were able to get Hunter back.
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