24 hours after they notched their 4th title in 8 seasons, the Golden State Warriors are relishing the moment. In ways, more so than their first.
On The Draymond Green Show, the Warriors forward interviewed his teammates, including Gary Payton II, and Andre Iguodala.
Each interview charted out adversity within the team construct and the adversity with each player’s interview.
But the most prominent, and perhaps biggest feel-good story in the 30-plus minute episode was with Klay Thompson, the All-Star guard Green had spent his entire career with.
The two stars spoke in a place of reflection, as Green asked his teammate about his doubts upon his return from injury. Thompson spoke candidly about their journey, admitting his doubts in the rehab process for his ruptured Achilles suffered last season.
Green co-signed in the doubts of their championship window in the podcast, as he mentioned originally in JJ Redick’s Old Man and the Three podcast with Tommy Alter.
Thompson had missed two years, spanning two and a half seasons with the tendon injury, and his initial ACL injury suffered in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.
He played 32 games, averaging 20.4 points per game on 42.9/38.5/90.2 shooting splits, winning a championship 6 months after his return, alongside fellow splash brother and Finals MVP Stephen Curry, veteran Andre Iguodala and the aforementioned Green.
A core in which the podcast host lamented, that he wouldn’t trade for the world, for a ring that they ultimately stated, as the most fulfilling.