Klay Thompson. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Klay gets screwed by preseason schedule

OAKLAND — The Golden State Warriors spent a significant portion of the 2016-17 regular season pointing out issues in the NBA’s scheduling practices. If their goal was to inspire change, they were successful.

In an effort to reduce the number of back-to-back games, the league shifted the season earlier — going from eight preseason games to four, and limiting the length of training camp.

Having less time together before the season shouldn’t be a problem for the on-the-floor product, according to Kevin Durant and head coach Steve Kerr.

The only thing that is crucial for them to overcome this week is the jetlag they’re still processing after a week-long trip to China. It was so bad on Tuesday that Kerr had to scuttle plans to scrimmage after assistant Ron Adams pointed out that “The guys are walking around like zombies.”

They should be fine by Tuesday, when the Warriors launch their title defense against the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena. But, there is one victim of the new schedule: Klay Thompson.

Thompson said he doesn’t like watching preseason basketball, because he knows how most of the league plays and will have plenty of time to catch up during the regular season.

“I haven’t been watching much basketball. It’s the best part of the year for baseball, as well as college football,” Thompson reasoned.

And this year, the Dubs’ final preseason game couldn’t have come at a worse time with Thompson’s Washington State Cougars in the Bay Area to play Cal on Friday.

“I want to give my fans a show, but my Cougars only come to town like once a year,” he said. “So, this is the first year I’m missing it and it sucks. But it’s just bad timing.”

A natural pitchman

As he does — usually unintentionally — Thompson took the internet by storm when his shoe brand Anta released a promotional video that featured him in a bathtub full of sneakers.

Was it awkward?

“Nope,” he said. “I was right in my element”

Contact Examiner Sports Editor Jacob C. Palmer at jpalmer@sfexaminer.com or on Twitter, @jacobc_palmer.

Golden State WarriorsKlay Thompson

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

A lab worker from the Medical Examiner’s Office was arrested with an evidence bag of methamphetamine in August. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Audit over lab worker meth arrest finds medical examiner is missing drugs

An audit of the Medical Examiner’s Office prompted by the arrest of… Continue reading

City officials argue that the dominance of a few third-party delivery services gives them disproportionate leverage against restaurants. (Courtesy photo)
Cap on food delivery app fees may remain until indoor dining allowed at full capacity

Proposal seen as financial relief for restaurants struggling in pandemic

A voting station will be open in Portsmouth Square in Chinatown from Oct. 31 until Nov. 3 to let residents drop off ballots and provide assistance to SRO residents. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Chinatown voting station to help SRO residents make their voices heard

In a bid to boost voting access for single-room-occupancy tenants in Chinatown,… Continue reading

Public observation pier at the new Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline.
New regional park officially opens next to Bay Bridge toll plaza

The East Bay Regional Park District opened a new shoreline park Wednesday,… Continue reading

Most Read