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When Klay Thompson plays a game, be it basketball or chess or Call of Duty, it requires his full attention, a lesson learned the hard way by one reporter.
Host Kristine Leahy from gaming site IGN was helming a live-stream of the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare premiere last week when she stopped by the Warriors star’s setup. Thompson, who partners with Call of Duty, looked lightly irritated from the jump to be pulled away from his game. (“I think he’s a really big Call of Duty fan because he was like, ‘Give me two more minutes, give me two more minutes,'” Leahy says to queue up the segment.)
When asked how much times he spends gaming during the season, Thompson admitted to a reasonable seven hours per week.
“Back in my heyday, it was like 20. Like a good 20,” he says. “Great investment. With the way eSports are going, I mean, who knows? I could just transition into eSports player when I’m done playing basketball.”
“Oh, you’re that good?” Leahy replies.
“I’m semi-pro,” he answers. “Give me 10 years and I’ll be scratching the surface.”
Watch the exchange in the video below:
From there, the interview devolves. Thompson’s eyes keep flicking back to his waiting screen. As Leahy attempts to continue the Q&A, Thompson puts his headset back on.
“I gotta get going, sorry,” he says as if he’s late for a flight. From there, the bemused interviewer tries gamely to keep things going. Thompson, mostly focused on the game, answers a few questions with divided attention.
The only other gem dropped by Klay before he fully commits to his in-progress game — with Leahy continuing to remark that she’s making him play poorly by distracting him — is that Stephen Curry is the worst gamer on the Warriors.
“He has no time on his hands. He’s very busy,” Thompson says. “Baby Canon, you know. He’s got to teach that man golf. He’s got no time for video games anymore.”
Then, blissfully, Thompson is allowed to return to his real objective, leaving all of the IGN hosts in the studio laughing at his typically Klay antics.
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