NBA News: Klay Thompson reveals what his father thinks about decision to reject Lakers for Mavs

NBA News: Klay Thompson reveals what his father thinks about decision to reject Lakers for Mavs

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Mavericks player Klay Thompson spoke about his father Mychal Thompson’s disappointment in not choosing the Los Angeles Lakers.

Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors leaves the court after warming up before the game against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center on March 29, 2024 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
© Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty ImagesKlay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors leaves the court after warming up before the game against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center on March 29, 2024 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

As the The Dallas Mavericks celebrated their big change by acquiring the old Golden State Warriors star Klay ThompsonOne person was probably more disappointed than anyone else not to have gone to the Lakers: his father, Mycal Thompson.

Mycal Thompson, former Lakers player and father of Klay, expressed his disappointment When his son chose the Mavericks over his old team. Mycal, who is also a radio commentator for Los Angeles, said he wanted his son to “come home” and play for the Lakers, a team Klay had been a huge fan of since he was a kid.

However, Klay made it clear that his father, although disappointed, supports him in his decision. “Yeah, my dad was disappointed. I didn’t really talk to him about it,” Klay Thompson said Tuesday. “At the end of the day, he was happy for me.”

Klay Thompson grew up a huge Lakers fan

Klay Thompson grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant and always dreamed of playing for the Lakers. His father, Mycal Thompson, also played for the Lakers and won two championships with the team.

Mychal Thompson of the Los Angeles Lakers scores two points during a game. Mike Powell /Allsport/Getty Images

When Klay became a free agent this summer, the Lakers were one of the teams interested in him. Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James reportedly even agreed to take a pay cut as part of a new deal if the team could land Thompson. But in the end, Klay decided to join the Mavericks.

Klay Thompson Chooses Mavericks Over Lakers

There are several reasons why Klay Thompson may have chosen the Mavericks over the Lakers. The Mavericks are coming off an NBA Finals appearance, where they could be the last remaining piece alongside stars like Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving. The Lakers, meanwhile, were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

Additionally, Klay might have a better chance of winning a championship with the Mavericks. The Lakers have an older team and have been plagued by injuries in recent years. The Mavericks, on the other hand, are a young, up-and-coming team that is ready to compete for the title.

Whatever the reason for his decision, Klay Thompson seems happy with his new team. “I’m excited to be here,” Thompson said at his introductory news conference. “I know we can do great things together.”