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There was only one thing that could get Klay Thompson to a party during his college days — and it wasn’t the prospect of free alcohol.
It was the siren song of video games, specifically “Rock Band.” In an oral history of Thompson’s years at Washington State, The Athletic asked former teammate Marcus Capers for his favorite Klay memories. He told the story of the time he asked Thompson if he wanted to come party with him.
“Nah, I’m alright, man. I’m probably just gonna chill,” Thompson said. “But what are they doing there?”
“I was like, ‘Man, they’ve got this game called ‘Rock Band’ or something,'” Capers recalled. “He was like, ‘They got ‘Rock Band?” Klay went there, man, and took the system and pretty much broke every record on every song. The girl was just looking at me like, ‘Does he have a life?'”
Thompson’s love of video games permeates The Athletic article. Cougars teammate Charlie Enquist opened up about the team’s boredom in the Palouse. With little to do in the area, they turned to their own fun and games, from learning archery in Klay’s house to something even more dangerous.
“[Thompson] loved to go and do donuts with his car when it was snowing out. Or drift on turns,” Enquist said. “We played a lot of ‘Mario Kart,’ so on turns he would pretend his car was ‘Mario Kart’ and drift around the turns.”
Thompson’s Warriors contract, no doubt, now prohibits him from any Mario Kart-related driving in real life.
For more fun anecdotes about Thompson’s WSU days, check out the full story here.
This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/wsu-klay-thompson-college-stories-games-13608291.php.