Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors guard, has hit back at LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers’ recent comments that the Dubs were “lucky” to win the 2015 NBA championship.
In a recent interview, Rivers told Grantland: “You need luck in the West. Look at Golden State. They didn’t have to play us or the Spurs.”
When asked Rivers’ comments, Thompson lashed out to ESPN: “That sounds pretty bitter to me.”
Thompson reminded everyone of Warriors’ 3-1 regular season record against Rivers’ Clippers. “If we got lucky, look at our record against them last year. I’m pretty sure we smacked them.”
The Warriors are sick of hearing that they were “lucky”. In fact, Center Andrew Bogut joked to KNBR that “I’ve actually got my (championship) ring fitted to my middle finger.”
Thompson, one of half of the “Splash Brothers,” poked fun at the Clippers for their inability to close out the Houston Rockets in the semi-finals. “Didn’t they lose to the Rockets? So that just makes me laugh. That’s funny. Weren’t they up 3-1, too? Tell them I said that, too.”
“I wanted to play the Clippers last year, but they couldn’t handle their business.”
By “couldn’t handle their business,” Thompson was referring to the Clippers blowing off a commanding 3-1 lead, while up by 19 points in Game 5 of that series. Clippers were just 12 minutes away from a showdown against the defending champions in the Western Conference Finals.
The Warriors went on to crush the Rockets 4-1 to storm into the NBA Finals.
Despite being termed “lucky” by some, fact remains that Warriors enjoyed a historic season last year – romping to 67 wins. Will they silence the haters again? The Warriors begin their 2015-16 campaign against the New Orleans Pelicans on October 27.