Klay Thompson was asked about the possibility of signing a contract extension with the Golden State Warriors in 2018 and playing his entire career with the franchise.
“I try not to think that are ahead, but I’d love to be here for as long as I can,” said Thompson. “What we’ve built here is so special, and I love living in the Bay Area, so that would be a huge priority of mine … I just feel like if I play hard and work hard every day, I’ll get rewarded no matter what I do, so I’m not going to get caught up with the numbers and how much money I could potentially make because it’ll all come around. You’ve just got to stay humble and be appreciative of what I have. And if I keep working this hard, I’ll be rewarded.
“I think I was raised right, with my Dad (Mychal Thompson, the two-time champion with the Lakers and current broadcaster and radio personality) telling me not to play this game for money but play for the love of it and you’ll be rewarded … I’m happy the way NBA players get paid; we deserve it for the revenue we bring in for this league, and I’m just thankful I’m here. I know if I just keep doing what I do, I’ll be rewarded hopefully for a long time.”
Thompson calls his career trajectory surreal.
“It’s just surreal. You look back on it, playing for team USA, starting shooting guard for Team USA, then being a starting shooting guard on a championship team, and even starting an All-Star game,” he said. “I never would have envisioned this, (that) within six years of my career, and the success our team has had (this would happen).
“So for me, I pinch myself all the time, and I’m so thankful I get to come to work today. I tell myself every day, ‘I get to work out for a living and put a ball in a hoop.’ That really helps me … I couldn’t imagine what else I would do if it wasn’t for hoops, so I’m very thankful I’m in this position. That’s why I just work so hard is because I don’t want to slip back, per se, or not be at this level anymore, because I’ve seen how much fun it is playing in front of 20,000 people every night, having endless media coverage, it’s amazing. When I was in the league (early), it was the Miami Heat – they were obviously with that Big Three and what they were doing, that game was always the game. Now it’s when the Warriors come to town, it’s like the circus is in town. It’s pretty exciting, and that’s why I work so hard, that’s why everybody works so hard is because we don’t want to not be at this level anymore. We’ve been here, we’ve seen it, and we just want to build something special here.”