Klay’s Dad’s Advice To Dubs Points To Bulls, Lakers Dynasties originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
Although the Warriors have won four championships in eight seasons, Mychal Thompson believes the team can learn a lot from other NBA dynasties.
Klay Thompson’s dad recently appeared on 95.7 The Game’s “The Morning Roast” where he told hosts Bonta Hill and Joe Shasky how Golden State can continue its dynastic course.
The key in Mychal Thompson’s eyes? Keep the gang together even if protagonists such as Kevon Looneyapproach Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr. free agency.
†[Owners] Joe Lacob, Peter Guber, [general manager] Bob Myers, they need to learn the lesson of the Chicago Bulls, Kobe and Shaq’s [Los Angeles] Lakers,” Thompson said on Thursday. ‘Don’t break it up too soon. The Bulls broke theirs too fast. They could have won another couple, but for some reason they were tired of winning rings. Explain that to me.”
“Shaq and Kobe had something special. Even they said, and they admitted, they shouldn’t have split up because they had more chances to win.”
Thompson’s patriarch knows a thing or two about NBA dynasties himself, having won two championships with the Showtime Lakers during his 13-season career in the league.
He pointed to Kevin Durant as a perfect example of what happens when a player leaves a good cause to look for titles with another team
“KD left to chase a ring elsewhere. He should have stayed because they had something,” Thompson told Hill and Shasky. “But when you have something as special as the Warriors now in the palm of their hand, you hold it together for as long as you can until you burn every last drop of fuel. sucks out.”
If Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Thompson’s son Klay are the engines that perpetuate this dynasty, the pieces around them are the fuel the NBA veteran speaks about. The Warriors have made it clear that their main off-season goal is to try and keep their vital free agents, and the team reportedly will look to discuss contract extensions with both Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins this summer.
And with Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody and James Wiseman in the wings, plus the team’s three new players drafted into the 2022 NBA Draft, the future looks bright.
“They better keep this team together for the next four or five years – I mean everyone – and then they can win some more rings,” continued Thompson. “They are so good, so deep because as Klay, Steph and Dray get older youngsters come after them to take up a lot of their slack.
“And that way they can keep the minutes of Klay, Draymond and Steph and have them play well into their late 30s and still be All-Star players.”
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The Warriors are a dynasty all their own, but Thompson wants them to reach their full potential and send them back.
For though the Warriors core now has four rings on their fingers, he knows they are nowhere near yet to be done.