It’s been a rocky begin to the season for the defending champions, struggling to maintain themselves on the +500 mark. While Stephen Curry continues to prove why he’s an all-time great, it’s time his teammates stepped up. During the last couple of weeks, there was plenty of scrutiny surrounding the second half of the Splash Brothers Klay Thompson, courtesy of his struggles on the hardwood.
A profession 41.6% shooter from the 3-point line, Thompson seems somewhat sluggish, something many would contribute to his back-to-back grave injuries. Though the four-time champion did have a few impressive performances off-late, his poor showing against the Mavericks had many solid their doubt.
Klay Thompson got a WIDE OPEN search for the tie, nevertheless it falls just short.pic.twitter.com/GkWnsAIdhV
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) November 30, 2022
In what many imagine, Thompson has been trying too hard to shut down the narrative of him not being the identical post-injury, owing to his competitive nature. Not so long back, the 32-year-old got right into a little bit of forwards and backwards with Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley.
In a recent conversation with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks, Barkley was as candid because it gets, addressing his previous comments on Thompson.
“Age, Achilles, and ACL”: Charles Barkley reveals why Klay Thompson won’t ever be the identical.
Barkley and Thompson have been involved in a little bit of forwards and backwards off-late, owing to the Contained in the NBA analyst’s comments concerning the Warriors guard not being the identical post his back-to-back catastrophic injuries and that he was no more the perfect two-way guard within the league.
Addressing Chuck’s comments, Thompson cited being hurt by the Suns MVP’s words, revealing how the past two and half years had been hard for him coping with such gruesome injuries. Nevertheless, Barkley continued to stick with his previous stance, addressing the identical in a conversation with Taylor Rooks.
“Klay remains to be a heck of a player, but he’s never gonna be that best two-guard within the NBA that he was for a very long time due to Age, Achilles, and ACL,” said Barkley.
Referring to Klay’s recent on-court altercation with Devin Booker, which resulted within the Warriors guard’s career-first ejection, Barkley revealed having been in an analogous space.
“Devin Booker was kicking his a** and while you become older and also you’re like, ‘This guy is kicking my a** and there’s nothing I can do about it’ cause that was really hard for me after I got older but then you might tell Klay was frustrated because he began talking concerning the 4 rings.”
“He 100% overreacted.”
Chuck on Klay Thompson not being the identical player pic.twitter.com/wvcfLQSOc7
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 29, 2022
While one should cut Thompson some slack, given the injuries he’s endured, the 6ft 6″ guard has time till the tip of the regular season to vary the narrative.
Klay Thompson’s current stats.
Thompson, who was impressive over the past couple of games would disappoint through the recent close encounter against the Mavericks, scoring a mere 5-points on 2-for-9 shooting from the sector, leaving his Splash Brother Steph Curry with no help.
The five-time All-Star is currently averaging 17.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, and a pair of.2 assists, shooting 39.2% from the sector. Disappointing numbers for a player of Thompson’s caliber.