Fans of the Golden State Warriors saw something unusual earlier this week: a furious Klay Thompson. In their defeat to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, the normally placid Splash Brother became emotional during a heated exchange with Devin Booker that ultimately resulted in his ejection.
After the match, Thompson chose not to talk to the media, but everyone anticipated his next post-match press conference after Thursday’s match against the Miami Heat.
“My first career ejection. Klay Thompson said, “I didn’t go into the game preparing on that, but it happened. “Our emotions can overpower us at times. Funny thing is, I enjoy fighting against Devin and hold him in high regard. Just a couple of people engaged in combat, I suppose.
After their viral moment, Devin Booker’s message was mirrored by his earlier remarks, showing nothing but love for his teammate’s shooting guard. Hours after sharing frank words, Book said, “I love Klay Thompson.” Thompson discussed a specific incident from years ago that deepened their relationship beyond a single on-court confrontation.
“You know what, after I tore my Achilles, he was one of the first to text me and say, ‘the shooting guard battle won’t be the same.’ He earned my admiration when he did it. That was very important to me, Thompson said.
Here s Klay Thompson on his ejection the other night. He mentioned his respect for Devin Booker and said Booker was one of the first players to text him after he tore his Achilles. pic.twitter.com/dDZGbqXeQG
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 28, 2022
The rivalry between the two Western Conference All-Stars is still very much present on the floor. However, respect for one another goes beyond basketball.