Klay Thompson admitted that he didn't really appreciate the comments that Charley Barkley made about him. Earlier this week, Barkley said that Thompson wasn't anymore the player he once used to be. After suffering a torn ACL in 2019, Thompson tore his Achilles when preparing to return.
After missing two consecutive seasons, Thompson returned to action last season and helped the Golden State Warriors win the championship. "There was a time when Klay Thompson was the best two-way guard in the NBA and he's not the same guy," Barkley said on TNT.
Thompson on Barkley's comments
"It hurts when someone like Charles Barkley, with the platform he has, says you're not the same player as prior to the injuries you had. It's like, no duh, man," Thompson said, per CBS Sports.
"I tore my ACL and my Achilles in consecutive years and still helped a team win a championship. I mean, that hurt hearing that. Because it's like, man, I put in so much freaking effort to get back to this point. Like, it's hard to even put into words what I had to do to be the player I am today.
I played 55, 57 games in three years, like, give me some freaking time to get that back. To hear someone say, 'Oh, he's not the same as he was prior to the injuries.' Like, duh. Who goes through something like that and comes back? Like, I don't know, it just hurt my heart hearing that.
But, you know what? I'm gonna internalize it and it's gonna be fuel for me to be even better. I'm very proud of what we accomplished last year, and I feel like I was a huge part of it. I'm not gonna let these injuries be a crutch for me.
I'm just gonna keep going and I'm gonna have a great year. Bet on that." On Thursday night, Thompson went 6-of-19 from the field, including 5-of-14 from beyond the arc, to score 19 points and help the Warriors beat the Miami Heat 123-110.
After averaging around 20 points per game last season, Thompson's averages have diminished at the start of this season. So far this season, Thompson has been averaging 12.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists. After their first five games of the season, the Warriors have three wins and two losses.