The departure of Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets this offseason has caused a lot of basketball fans to say that the Golden State Warriors years of dominating the NBA are over. But Warriors star Klay Thompson thinks otherwise, according to comments he made to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols.
Thompson, who suffered a torn left ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, said he thinks “it’s a little premature to say there’s no more dynasty” to Nichols in an interview that aired on “The Jump” on Thursday.
He pointed out that the Warriors, who also traded away 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala and waived veteran guard Shaun Livingston during a offseason makeover, still have a lot of talent on their roster.
Thompson pointed to former two-time league MVP Stephen Curry, former Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green, and D’Angelo Russell, the All-Star guard the Warriors acquired in the trade that sent Durant to Brooklyn.
“To say the dynasty is over I think is a little ignorant because I’m going to come back better and even more athletic,” Thompson said. “It would not be smart to count the Dubs out. That’s all I tell people.”
During the interview, he said that adding Russell through the Durant trade “was an incredible gift for us.”
“I mean, the kid is going to possibly be a superstar in this league,” Thompson said.
Thompson has been busy rehabbing his left knee, with his celebrity bulldog Rocco by his side, since he had surgery in July to repair his torn ligament. He has a 5-7 month recovery period, which means he could be back on the court as early as December.
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