Klay Thompson said that he will not sacrifice with the addition of Kevin Durant to the Warriors.
Thompson added that none of his Golden State teammates will have to sacrifice either and took umbrage with the term.
“I feel kind of disrespected that people keep using the term sacrifice to describe me and describe us, ” said Thompson in a Tuesday interview with The Vertical. “We all want to see each other do well. But I’m not sacrificing [expletive], because my game isn’t changing. I’m still going to try to get buckets, hit shots, come off screens. I want to win and have a fun time every game we play.
Durant echoed the comments from Thompson in his interview with The Vertical.
“We want Klay to stay Klay,” said Durant. “We don’t want him to change. The games dictate where the shots come from. I may shoot 12 shots one night, Klay may shoot eight or nine shots one night, and Steph may shoot 25 shots one night. And it could be a different flow another night.”
Thompson also spoke on the Warriors becoming a lightning rod team in the NBA after Durant and Warriors teammate, Draymond Green, were booed while playing a Team USA game in Los Angeles.
“The NBA season can get mundane,” remarked Thompson. “82 games are so long and there can be some boredom. Now, we can embrace being the hated team and getting everyone’s best, and adding some tension every night. It’ll be a fun experience going into arenas on the road, with opposing fans hating what we’ve built.”