Klay Thompson recalls ‘welcome to the NBA’ moment involving Celtics

Klay Thompson is looking forward to the opportunity to face the team he grew up with in the 2022 NBA Finals.

A Los Angeles native, Thompson was raised to cheer for the Lakers and boo the Boston Celtics. His father Mychal Thompson also played for the Lakers from 1986 to 1991. Before Klay was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 2011, it’s safe to say the Thompson family bled purple and gold.

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That makes this upcoming series even more special for Thompson, who is heading into his sixth NBA Finals. He spoke Wednesday about what it means for him to face the Cs.

“My rookie year playing this team of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and KG (Kevin Garnett) was like a ‘welcome to the NBA’ moment for me because just a few years ago I watched them play Fight against Kobe (Bryant) too. and Pau (Gasol) in the finals,” Thompson said. “I was just blown away by how great these teams were, both the Lakers and the Celtics.

“So life comes full circle. Now that I can play her in the finals, I saw her in College, Game 7 in Staples (Center) with my dad in 2010. Now it’s 12 years later that I can play the team I cheered against. It’s incredible.”

That must be a surreal feeling for the five-time All-Star, even with six finals appearances and three NBA titles under his belt.

Thompson will likely be a thorn in Boston’s side throughout the series with 3-point shooting. The 32-year-old has the second most 3-pointers (57) in the 2022 playoffs, behind teammate Stephen Curry (60). With another, he will tie LeBron James for the second-most 3s in NBA postseason history (432).

Game 1 of the NBA Finals is scheduled for Thursday at 9:00 p.m. ET at the Chase Center. Be sure to tune in to NBC Sports Boston at 8pm for Celtics Pregame Live

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