WSU legend Klay Thompson makes history with fourth NBA championship

WSU legend Klay Thompson makes history with fourth NBA championship
NBA Champion Klay Thompson poses with his father and brother (Image credit: Golden State Warriors, Twitter)

BOSTON — Following a long, harsh road back from devastating injuries, Washington State University (WSU) basketball legend Klay Thompson returned to the mountaintop of NBA glory by claiming his fourth NBA title with the Golden State Warriors.

With a modest 12-point scoring performance, Thompson became the all-time leader in NBA championship victories for a Coug, according to a social media post from the program. The 32-year-old is in his ninth NBA season (11th, if you count the two lost to injury) and won three prior championships with the Warriors in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

During the series, Thompson averaged 17 points and 1.3 steals per game on 35.1% on 9.5 3-point attempts per game. His defensive performance in Games Five and Six was decisive in putting the series to rest.

Thompson was named to the PAC-12 All-Freshman team in 2009 and made the All-PAC-12 team in back-to-back years as a sophomore and junior. One of the sport’s most prolific 3-point shooters, Thompson’s 2010-11 season was the highest single-season scoring campaign in WSU history.

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It was an emotional journey back to the court for Klay, who tore his ACL during the 2019 NBA Finals and was set back again when he tore his Achilles tendon ahead of the 2020-21 season. He reflected on his journey back to the grandest stage in his sport when speaking with ABC’s Lisa Salters after the Game Six victory.

“I had to have my big bro talk me off the ledge a few times. I couldn’t drive, I couldn’t do nothing—I was immobilized—and I’m such an athletic person, I love to be mobile,” Thompson said. “There were some dog days, there was a lot of tears shed on the bench. Steph [Curry] talking me right, and even Draymond [Green], just leaning on those—Andre [Iguodala]—I’m just thankful to be here, man. This is crazy.

I knew it was a possibility—to see it in real-time? Holy cannoli, this is crazy.”

Holy cannoli is right, Klay.


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