Klay Thompson learned from a reporter he didn’t make All-NBA, and he was annoyed

Even-keeled Klay Thompson got uncharacteristically annoyed after learning at the Warriors’ Thursday media availability he hadn’t made the 2018-19 All-NBA list.

“Oh, I didn’t?” he said after a reporter asked how the omission made him feel. “They already came out?”

The reporter explained that, yes, the list was out and no, Thompson wasn’t on it. He listed some of the players who beat out Klay, eliciting a giant eye-roll from Thompson at the mention of Charlotte’s Kemba Walker.

“That’s cool and all,” Thompson said. “But, like, when you go to five straight Finals. I respect those guys, but when you go to five straight…”

Thompson seemed to be struggling to put his thoughts together in a media-friendly way, his face taut with irritation. “Whatever,” he added. “I’d rather win a championship than be third-team All-NBA.”

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The All-NBA teams are chosen by 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. Players are awarded points for being picked for the first, second or third teams. Thompson received zero first-team votes, three second-team votes and 18 third-team votes.

“Do I think there are that many guards better than me in the league? No,” Thompson said. “But that’s the reason why we’re still playing. I don’t even want to get into it, honestly.”

2018-19 ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM

  • F Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee 
  • G James Harden, Houston 
  • G Stephen Curry, Golden State 
  • F Paul George, Oklahoma City
  • C Nikola Jokić, Denver

ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM

  • C Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 
  • F Kevin Durant, Golden State 
  • G Damian Lillard, Portland
  • F Kawhi Leonard, Toronto
  • G Kyrie Irving, Boston

ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM

  • G Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City
  • F Blake Griffin, Detroit
  • F LeBron James, L.A. Lakers
  • C Rudy Gobert, Utah
  • G Kemba Walker, Charlotte

Katie Dowd is SFGATE’s senior manager. Email: katie.dowd@sfgate.com | Twitter: @katiedowd

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