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

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

Klay Thompson has no patience for unnamed sources

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.

When asked about Ethan Sherwood Strauss’ Draymond Green opuspublished by ESPN earlier this week — Thompson unleashed an extended rant. One part of the story in particular upset the Splash Brother.

“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.”Draymond GreenESPNGolden State WarriorsKlay ThompsonNBA

Just Posted

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes sit in a container after being crushed at Smith-Madrone Winery in St. Helena, Calif. on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. (Courtesy Smith-Madrone Winery)
‘Champagne problems’ and supply chain nightmares: San Francisco’s wine industry is suffering

‘Everywhere you turn, things that were easy are no longer easy’

A Giants fans hangs his head in disbelief after the Dodgers won the NLDS in a controversial finish to a tight Game 5. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
Giants dream season ends at the hands of the Dodgers, 2-1

A masterful game comes down to the bottom of the ninth, and San Francisco came up short

<strong>Workers with Urban Alchemy and the Downtown Streets Team clean at Seventh and Market streets on Oct. 12. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins> </strong>
<ins></ins>
Why is it so hard to keep San Francisco’s streets clean?

Some blame bureaucracy, others say it’s the residents’ fault

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi — seen in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday — touted Congressional Democrats’ infrastructure bill in San Francisco on Thursday. (Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times)
Pelosi touts infrastructure bill as it nears finish line

Climate change, social safety net among major priorities of Democrats’ 10-year funding measure

A lion from Cambodia at the Asian Art Museum, which was acquired from a private collector and dates back to between 1150 and 1225, is one of two pieces identified as a stolen artifact in the leaked Pandora Papers. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Asian Art Museum reckons with Cambodian antiquities of disputed provenance

Pandora Papers revelations accelerate culture shift at museums near and far

Most Read