Klay Thompson & Andrew Bogut

Andrew Bogut shares another “Klay being Klay” story from the Olympics.

Klay Thompson’s off-court activities have always been well documented; from his sick boat rides to hilarious Halloween costumes, a rather stoic individual in Klay certainly has some color to his personality. Apparently, this is not limited to the United States of America, as his former teammate Andrew Bogut shared a story of Klay’s extroverted behavior during the Rio Olympics in 2016.

“So I jump off the bus, I’m like, ‘Klay, what are you doing, man?’ Say hello to him. He goes, ‘Yeah, I just wanted to come see the village.’ He just came by himself, no security, no other players with him. Then he’s like, ‘Where are you going?’ I said, ‘I’m just going back to the Australian quarters.’ And he’s, ‘Can I come with you?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, no worries.’ – Andrew Bogut on Klay Thompson.

Klay’s daring attitude extends to his approach to the game as well. Not only does he have a penchant for being aggressive in the game’s most significant moments, but he’s a fantastic team player, willing to do whatever is necessary to lead his team to victory. Thompson’s approach to the team dynamic is a product of his outgoing personality, and one has to believe that this helps the Golden State Warriors foster the kind of camaraderie that breeds great teams. He’s a chill guy, and he’s willing to show his true colors to anyone that will allow.

“And he came with us, hung out with a few of our players, because he knows Aron Baynes and Brock Motum. Came and said hello to them. And then fast-forward two or three hours later, I thought he’d left. I walked downstairs to go to dinner or whatever and he’s downstairs playing ping-pong with, like, someone from the athletics team on the Australian national team, you know?”

Klay is set to return to action for the first time this Sunday. He’s not been on an NBA floor since the 2019 NBA finals, where his campaign for a third consecutive championship was cut short by an ACL tear he sustained while going for a dunk in Game Six. With the Golden State Warriors playing some of the best basketball this season, Klay only promises to reinforce their prowess on both ends of the floor. More importantly, his personality will bring the kind of leadership that Golden State will need to sustain this level of play leading up to the playoffs. Klay is one of this league’s great players and personalities, so I’m sure that apart from the Warriors, the league and its fans are excited to have Killa Klay back in the action.