6.27: Chronicle Conversation -- The Thompsons
Klay Thompson and his father stop by the Chronicle Live studios to talk about joining the Warriors.
It comes as no surprise that we drafted clay Thompson. Where is our pick in the draft. We've said before that we like him as a shooter. As an athlete the basketball court. He has that NBA skill and He will develop further skills as we get into. Working. Through the pre season working into the season. This player has a bright future in front of it. He has a good pedigree. He's shown that He can score he's shown He can place in division one level comes from basketball -- right. And he's a guy who have a good amount of success in the NBA it. There you go play Thompson is here. Number one pick of the Warriors number eleven overall his dad Mike 1978. The number one pick overall. We're joined by Mets -- that's the number two Comcast pick back in the 2009. Saw and Matt commentary right off -- can that play. Is this guy is the most powerful basketball guy around -- knows his stuff played as well you learned at the library is so we have met not you. You know -- it's if it's for real okay I'll abundance of them and respect that I like that yet knows his stuff like what is steal from -- What part of your game do you say playing with -- -- on the snatch this. Think your question. Not a lot just because not let a lot from being around the game and all that that you -- center of play because how for a plan. One and two or three so so when you played -- she went out twenty feet oh -- out. Out of 2530 -- -- Africa what do you think Mike -- obviously you have placed off Hamlin that have been some that either you instilled in them or you took from. Basketball IQ -- really understands how to play the game and also how to treat respect the game. He was around not only myself but guys like Kobe Bryant Clyde Drexler. Terry Porter. A lot of blazes He grew up four -- James Worthy. Who -- actually had to talk to -- about how to book how to approach a game. And how to look compete in the game so just been around the NBA and at the circles like I've been there and be able to tag along and be around those type legends. As rub off on and the way He approaches the game how -- wasn't when you said you know there's something special here. He could one day be an NBA player -- you know you could look at a young kid. Where -- -- -- second third or fourth grade -- -- -- the oldest kids he's special he's talented he's gifted he's athletic and I thought I'd say at a very young age and if there's been to a basketball we can handle it but either and could very easily and He just shoot it. You -- is like 067 years of age from. Almost the NBA three that you consistently so you knew at that age if you want to be stuck with the need to do some special this. You hear this every stop every interview -- -- guess talking about range. That is the outgoing New York Knicks GM says you're the second coming of Reggie Miller. Tech went out back paerson it's a whole affair right there as big -- has some big shoes to fill -- I mean just being in the mold of a player like be very happy with -- -- is. They're smart play you know you knew that I use screens you know you use -- then we get open and all that. He was most athletic Reggie wasn't he's not a play game -- it takes some out of his game I think a very successful did you wanna go to the gym was dead all the time or did He have to first. An edge on them of that. I wanna go to gym when I first started playing sports and I wasn't in mobile fastball -- football baseball two good. I mean I really start put the work in when I got high school you know. Realize that the most potential that is and fastball so I just sort of put work -- -- Did you encourage you to be a guard. Brandon what He played about 67. And you see the way the game's going that -- at 67 -- -- advantage. If you play out front you you to see that He wasn't going to be a success this level or seven footer so it was going to be a wing player so what. Who's that emphasize just be a guard to the point guard not a shooting guard just a guard who can do all facets of the game well handled come off screens a lot of the -- create off the dribble. So just be that type of old school fundamental guarded I kind of grew up with the Eagles there and they are back in the sixties and seventies hit the knock is always at those with a rookie we gonna guard. It's your question. Point twos and threes no offense which also wants to use my length to it. Defensive Matty some cause that is does not come from the collegiate Lola cars got by real -- lettuce is and at this Lola wants -- -- and so you have not played a game as well you've you've -- through the most athletic guys but he's got to be Noah and won't do business. You said. You're 12 or three home. To that point guard is something you could eventually play in the NBA and then secondly what -- -- is a difference between a two and a three. There yeah they're my support for pinch you know I don't think -- be a full fledged point guard out there for in this book you know. -- He's a great FA -- switch over one -- ball initiate the offense. And there is due to his fiancee is just you know we regarding because. You can be guarding a 64 of slasher than golf going LeBron James is a big difference there. And -- three position ought to rebound a lot more sought to work on that and I did and got better though Washington State is who have. -- putter putting a damper on this fight and conversation Thursday apparently the lockout is going to be yet now when you start missing games obviously it's a different deal. Mike you've been around as as an outstanding player and broadcaster. What do you say to fans -- go wrong guys these guys make enough money and -- owners are doing OK and and the players what average salary of three million. How do you make it rational for a fan who may be without basket. -- this fall yet or is it tough argument to try to argue on the side the players and they averaged five million dollars in year five -- -- -- -- -- the average -- in -- and -- are -- five -- -- Because -- I. You're not tired this time and you're right it's just it's impossible for the average worker and American and identify with that and to hear that these guys -- hundreds of millions of dollars. I guess is hard to explain it to him but don't best I can say is be patient we all love basketball. And a minute millions of people wished they could do these guys are doing but I think there will be a lockout but they'll be talking over the summer. And optimistic I don't think they'll be missing any games but it's hard to explain -- to the folks that a common folks are there. The numbers -- -- argue about because you can identify with that in and does not make a bunch agreed on both the owners and the players seven loss on the players' side I think so because the owners owned the business and so people -- -- the owner of the best show business than you should make the majority of the money and I gonna step out of fans feel that way. Do you buy that the twentieth of the teams are losing money and that. I think the argument that nobody minds -- -- we are james' whatever they want it when you get stuck with a guy who barely plays that you have to to give that big money. Well you know that's managements fault you have to know who to pay you pay a guy like Kobe LeBron James of the -- Dirk Nowitzki you know you're gonna get your dollars worth of those players so. You had to be used better judgment to give the big dollars to. Clint questioner for you is everybody. Talking about your defense and yet no rookie comes in the league is really a lockdown defender. Where do you see that aspect of your game and -- how are you gonna improve on it over the course for your career. I say allow his strength just as you know. They have -- my body -- -- its. As much say distraught to oh. And -- I feel I have pretty quick news for 67. And obviously it look at for the life coach Jackson's sudden though He usually for eighteen years so I know he's got knowledge lot of knowledge of the game. And slot play a 101. Lot of plans that's all I can do. Improve that's another thing is for me regarded young men are right you are Carmona Warriors drafted Mike Dunleavy I asked him about. The difference in the three point shot between college and the pros which is not that much but it is a lot actually. Com world where the majority your shots. From deep beyond the line or -- -- up on the line and -- are going to be an adjustment to that extra eighteen inches to the. I think I've already justice policy not use these last four months prepare for the job through work on stem back and -- my NBA range down. And even in college step back a lot and just freed me free myself up and stuff then be arranged like even further. Salty will be a big problem it has be I think actually helped my game a lot more floor -- -- -- -- -- How you plan on. Your lifestyle you gonna rent a place here and still Britain where you base out of already brown bass and a good question -- no idea I'm actually look this week. A much you know do some. How shop because -- -- who have this week you know. Anywhere in the players live anywhere -- -- housing is higher here than it is in -- -- yeah -- -- -- on this -- in the Lakers played the Warriors can't -- you're going to be conflict that you know we're -- -- I played for the Lakers. But. We're on camera right go ahead at that. I'll -- that -- -- blond look this way I can't lose either way if the Lakers to win I'm happy at the Warriors beat the Lakers also be out and just play you get the team so I can't lose usually. Michael how much was Jerry West. You know his relationship with you guys for such a long period Tommy armour -- Jerry West what Kobe Bryant. He said He never seen him play at high school but He was on their radar the whole time and they knew so much about him who was clay kind of the same thing we're. Terry really have to see him play because He knew a lot about it. It Jerry -- -- history of course the singles the Thompson family but there -- talk I played a few times and they're so smart so student judging talent He just softly for a few times that okay this kid's got it is what I like him he's went on the go with. I think there is the best judge of talent and He ended consciously chose clay of course would tell us what that's been his history throughout South Korea. So Jerry West like you and wants to pick it -- validation of the bat a basketball player so they should be very proud of that. How do you feel pressure about that when the Galaxy everywhere you know Jerry West is somebody says that guy can play college so much pressure as you're right. A few lot of confidence stems from that you know at -- -- a -- a bigger you boost since you know -- that Jerry West thinks highly of you. And numbers you know you're coaching staff organization has your back you go out there and succeed. North cool about that Jerry West obviously thought really highly you're dead so that that help from Mike WR west for whatever reason He just you guys had a kinship. That's right He was more than they did traded to bring me to the Lakers then you're right it does affect you cannot play feels because that Jerry West. Players -- of that caliber thinks that highly of you. That does very flattering is a great compliment to you as -- only as a player but as a person.