Klay Thompson has no problem telling it like it is, and that’s just what the Golden State Warriors guard did after the team’s shoot around on Friday afternoon.
“As one team official puts it: ‘The guys might be frustrated by [Green’s] antics, but they had an opportunity to prove themselves without him in Game 5 and they played like a bunch of [cowards].’”
Here’s what Thompson had to say about the anonymous official.
“The article pissed me off for this reason, if you’re going to call someone a ‘coward,’ how are you not going to put your name to that quote? Like, it’s easy to point at someone and call them a ‘coward’ behind like a shade or a shield. Why don’t you put your name to it? And then you can call us ‘cowards.’ That’s fine. You can tell us that, but to say we played like cowards and you’re not going to quote the guy that said it? That’s weak to me.”
“How are you going to quote Mo [Speights] and not anybody else? That actually got under my skin because you call us ‘cowards’ but you’re not going to put your name to the quote? You know what I mean? You’re not going to quote who said it? You’re just going to say, ‘Oh, some executive said they’re cowards?’
“Get out of here. That made me mad because we played our hearts out that whole playoffs, that whole season. Then you’re going to call us cowards and not put your name on it? Get out of here.”
Thompson said the team doesn’t care about the comments of Speights, who said Green messed up the team’s chemistry last year. Thompson also insisted the article is not reflective of the current state of the Warriors.
“No. Not at all. It irked a couple of guys because, like I said, you call somebody a coward and don’t put your name to it? That’s cowardly.”
He also said no exec has made the coward comment to him or his teammates in person.
“No. Never. I would respect them more if they came and said, ‘You guys played like cowards.’ You respect that more instead of going to the media and hearing it from them. That’s the last thing you want.”