Steph Curry shares favorite memory of Klay Thompson from iconic Warriors era – NBC Sports Bay Area & California

Steph Curry made too many timeless memories with his former Warriors teammate Klay Thompson.

And now that the 34-year-old Splash Brother has recently joined the Dallas Mavericks, Curry has plenty of time to reflect on the good times he shared with Thompson during their 13-year partnership in Golden State.

Curry, 36, spoke about his favorite Warriors Thompson memory in an exclusive interview with The Athletic’s Sam Amick.

“[On the call with Thompson]I was talking about his [Jan. 9, 2022] game when he came back from his [Achilles] injury against Cleveland [Cavaliers] two years ago [at Chase Center]and the reception the crowd gave him when he walked out on the court before the game and I was standing there shooting in my old Klay Thompson jersey with sleeves,” Curry told Amick.

“He walks onto the field, the crowd goes crazy. He was there early, and [the scene] was praising him because he understood. He was back in his element, back in his zone, after being away from the game for so long.”

That game between the Warriors and Cavaliers was Thompson’s first since tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors and rupturing his right Achilles tendon during the offseason prior to the 2020-21 season.

It was an emotional night for Thompson, the Warriors and all of Dub Nation. The sharpshooter was not only playing for the team for the first time after recovering from back-to-back injuries, but also making his debut in the Chase Center he helped practically build in San Francisco.

Until that inspiring January night, Thompson had last played when the Warriors called Oracle Arena in Oakland home. And while the location of Golden State’s home court may have changed since the five-time NBA All-Star last played, Curry recalled that Thompson’s crowd was just as responsive.

“The way the crowd reacted to him tells you everything about his relationship with the Bay Area,” Curry told Amick. “He’d take a shot before the game and they were clapping like it was the middle of the fourth quarter every time he took a shot. And I’m trying to keep a straight face, but I just became a fan at that point.

“We can all talk about all the great games he’s had, or Game 6 Klay, all that stuff. But that was my favorite [memory] simply because, in a very difficult time, it reminded everyone how important he was to the entire franchise and this entire journey.”

Four NBA championships later, it’s clear to everyone what Thompson meant to Curry and the entire Bay Area sports world.

But that one game between the Warriors and Cavaliers in particular is a prime example of how Curry will remember his teammate’s legacy at Golden State.

Thompson made a statement upon his return by scoring 17 points and creating a striking poster that dominated social media.

Curry had plenty of memories to choose from, but as always, he fell short this time.

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